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Spruce Tree House: The Trail Down

The trail down to Spruce Tree House is a steep grade which claims to be wheelchair accessible, and, in my opinion, done carefully, it is.  The trail is paved and switches back often enough to make the grade gentler, but caution would be advised even for someone choosing to hike here.  It is several hundred feet down and that means it is several hundred feet back up.

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Spruce Tree House from the canyon top.

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Spruce Tree House from the trail’s beginning.

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Spruce Tree House further down the trail with part of the trail in the foreground.

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Closer to Spruce Tree House.

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Just around the corner from Spruce Tree House.  Spruce Tree House belongs to a culture originally called the Anasazi, but contemporary archeologists and historians refer to them as Ancient Pueblo in reference to the Pueblo people who inhabited this area before the Europeans arrived.  The Ancient Pueblo culture, much like the Mississippian culture, thrived from about 700 AD to about 1300 AD, and then, just like the Mississippian culture entered into a period of decline around 1250 AD and by about 1300 AD these sites were also abandoned.

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The site is bathed in sunlight in the afternoon and evening, so morning shooting is advised.

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Spruce Tree House is a self-guided tour, but National Park rangers are present to help you with your tour, to answer questions, and to keep idiots from damaging the site.  A beautiful site and well worth the time I’m spending.

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