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[Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde.]   [Closer view of Spruce Tree House.]
Spruce Tree House, a cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park.   A closer view of Spruce Tree House.

[Room at Spruce Tree House.]  
A view of one of the rooms at Spruce Tree House.  

The ancestral Pueblo Native Americans lived and flourished in the region from about 600 A.D. to 1300 A.D., a period of more than 700 years. During the latter portion of the period, they built elaborate stone villages, including what we today call cliff dwellings. In the late 1200's A.D., the ancestral Pueblos moved away, although they didn't disappear. More than 20 present-day Native American tribes trace their ancestry to the Mesa Verde culture.

The archeological sites at Mesa Verde are preserved within Mesa Verde National Park, which gives visitors a glimpse of the ancient culture. The park is in southwestern Colorado; the entrance is 9 miles east of Cortez on US Highway 160.

Internet Links

Mesa Verde National Park - official site for the national park
Mesa Verde National Park - unofficial site, also good
Mesa Verde National Park - travel and tourism site
Map of Mesa Verde - from Mapquest (Spruce Tree House location)
Aerial photo of Mesa Verde - from TerraServer (Spruce Tree House location)

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