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Spruce Canyon Trail

Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A flat three-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A flat three-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
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Okc
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102 reviews 102 reviews
53 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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50 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I like to begin this hike in the picnic area (where most people end it). Pick up a booklet from the Chapin Mesa Museum or ask a ranger. Otherwise you can pick it up off the Spruce Tree House trail and end in the picnic area. Moderately difficult (due to elevation) so take a snack and water with you. Nice... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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44 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This was a 2 hour afternoon walk. Most of it down from the trailhead and along the bottom of a canyon. Well-worn trail, pretty, no strain. At the end, however, you have to hike up out of the canyon on a steep trail with loose rocks. Take and drink water. We passed one young man who had collapsed by the... More 

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