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

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Nice place to visit

We hiked to see this dwelling. The Rangers do an excellent job of answering all kinds of questions. It is wonderful to see all of the cliff dwellings throughout this whole park... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Patricia M
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We hiked to see this dwelling. The Rangers do an excellent job of answering all kinds of questions. It is wonderful to see all of the cliff dwellings throughout this whole park. This was a short hike we some shade and places to seat.

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Thank Patricia M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is the second time I've hiked this trail, I can't put my finger on it but there is just something about this canyon that calls to me. I love this place!

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Thank John H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

This was the best well preserve ruins I have seen in the U.S.. The trail is easy to walk to the site and the site is set up so you can see most of the ruin up close. There are rangers on site to answer questions.

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Thank Bob D
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

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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107 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 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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2 Thank Tricia M
Okc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 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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Thank Mcaltom
Libertyville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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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Thank Ed M
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 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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Thank tdenver
Naperville, Illinois
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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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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