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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Activities: Hiking
Description: A flat three-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.

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The Spruce Canyon Trail was about the only thing open on our trip to Mesa Verde. Still, it did not disappoint. The site is well maintained and the path was well cared for. I had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
KelleyDD14
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The Spruce Canyon Trail was about the only thing open on our trip to Mesa Verde. Still, it did not disappoint. The site is well maintained and the path was well cared for. I had a knee replacement 3 months ago and this trail was no challenge, not too much of a grade and the walk was so well worth... More 

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Kanab, Utah
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104 reviews 104 reviews
60 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This was the only trail open when we went, and it was quite nice. Several reviewers are calling this an 'easy' trail and 'nice and flat'. Your mileage may vary, but I always worry about calling something with 500-foot elevation changes 'easy'. I was hiking with three people who live at sea level, and though they are all in-shape, it... More 

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Okc
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63 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Drove n from Moab, so this was a nice walk to get the legs stretched out. Has some decent views, but only real hike we took on this trip

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Libertyville, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
3 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A nice smooth well marked trail with 3 observation points in the end loop. A nice view of Balcony if you are unable to do the ladders or crawl through the tunnel.

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a sweet little 2.4 mile hike that offers some cool elevation change (see NPS website for trail profile.) The views and tranquility are lovely. Be sure to give yourself enough time once you start because the gates behind you get locked at a certain hour which you can check at the trailhead entrance after Spruce Tree House. There... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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101 reviews 101 reviews
50 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Yes definitely do this good for smaller family members as all paths are easily accessible. Great museum at top as well.

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Naperville, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This hike takes you down to the bottom of the canyon and back up. The path is well marked. there are great views of the canyon. You are warned that this hike has a large elevation change- some thing like 500 feet elevation change. Take plenty of water.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The rangers provided neat information and the kiva was an experience not to be missed. We did not make it to the petrogylphs due to the heat. I recommend an early start

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Ontario's Near North, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I had wanted to combine the Petroglyph Point Loop and the Spruce Canyon Loop into one hike, because they share an access trail that branches off to the right about half way down the Spruce Tree House Trail. However, after a few hundred feet they split into separate directions: the SCL continues straight and the PPL moves left up some... More 

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We opted to do this hike instead of fighting the crowds at Spruce Tree House and were very glad we did. Be sure to take lots if water if it's hot.

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