Tag: Spruce Tree House

Home to the Ancestors

I love Mesa Verde … it is one of the wonders of the world. Here, a view of Spruce Tree House, closed, unfortunately, because of a slide into the area. Heavy rains caused it,and I hope it will be repaired soon. No damage was caused to the structure, which dates ca. 1200 a.d., but to the area where tourists – like yours truly – stand. We were there on an early morning, enjoying the quiet of the canyon into which it is built.

Looking Toward Spruce Tree House

Looking Toward Spruce Tree House (1 of 1)

I am still going through the pictures I took during our stay in the Four Corners area and our visit to Mesa Verde National Park.  The colors of the high desert, combined with the sudden appearance of a cliff dwelling, are breath-taking.  As you descend toward the Spruce Tree House, glimpses are caught here and there.

Can you imagine the surprise of seeing these buildings tucked underneath a sheer cliff, with no apparent access?  Trees above, canyon below, with only ropes and ladders and narrow paths to come and go.

Spruce Tree House, ii

Spruce Tree House, ii

Another view of Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde National Park.  Here you can see a ladder leading to an underground chamber, probably a “kiva” used for religious purposes, according to the anthropologists.

Spruce Tree House is the best preserved of all the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde.  Because they are made of the local, soft stone, coupled with mud for slurry and covering the stones, the Park Service does routine restorations on all the dwellings.  This keeps them from slowly decaying and dissolving in weather and rain.