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Mesa Verde NP mulls options for keeping sandstone arch intact above Spruce Tree House

How to keep the sandstone arch above Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park from further collapse is being discussed by the National Park Service, which is reviewing three options, including one to let nature take its course.

The popular attraction, which houses the third-largest cliff dwelling in the park, with 130 rooms and eight kivas, has been closed to the public since October 2015 because of concerns that layers of sandstone could peel away from the arch at any time and fall on bystanders below. Spruce Tree House may be seen, however, from an overlook near the Chapin Mesa Museum.

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