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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Activities: Hiking
Description: A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.

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Highlight of Mesa Verde

We visited Mesa Verde in April during the slow season and Spruce Tree House is the only dwelling open to tour. So this hike was a nice little "extra" for us. The hike starts on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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SLC, UT
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SLC, UT
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128 reviews 128 reviews
30 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We visited Mesa Verde in April during the slow season and Spruce Tree House is the only dwelling open to tour. So this hike was a nice little "extra" for us. The hike starts on the same path as Spruce Tree house and is a 2.5 mile long loop. The trailhead is down the path toward the dwelling. But we... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We're a pair of 60-ish year olds and I'd rate this 4.5 km/ 3 mile hike as moderate. For the first half of the hike the trail is within the canyon, usually quite near the rim of the canyon. There's some climbing up and down stone "stairs" and a couple of minor squeezes, but for the most part it's "high... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

was told this was an easy two hour hike. Well, I am from sea level where we have a lot more oxygen. Plus it is flat where I live. While I was expecting hills I wasn't expecting to scramble over rocks, etc. Once you make it to the top of the Mesa, the hard part is all over and all... More 

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Florida
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We are from Florida and this was the first time my two boys (11 & 7) had gone on any type of hiking. We originally were just going to see the cliff dwellings but when they saw the sign for the hike they were adamant about going. The bottom half of the hike is absolutely beautiful. It is mostly shaded... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Breath taking view. Fantastic path with steps, tunnels and ledge views. Well worth the hike. Take water and a jacket if late in the day.

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It's definitely a hike and not just a scenic stop, so make sure you pack water and plan to start before too late in the afternoon, since they close the trail at 5pm and you have to complete the loop to get out. They say it takes 2 hours, and even though I hike quickly it took almost that long... More 

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minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This was one of our favorite hikes. The lower section of the trail is much harder to navigate than the return portion which is on top of the canyon. The upper or "returning" section is better for less experienced hikers

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Victoria, Canada
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This hike will take you over an hour and a lot more, depending upon your level of fitness. There are many interesting obstacles, narrow passage ways, stairs and changes of elevation to deal with as you take the sites in. We weren't taken aback by the petroglyphs and instead found the journey to be the reward. Do not take this... More 

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Loudon, TN
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158 reviews 158 reviews
35 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you're relatively young, in good shape and have no physical limitations, this is probably a short, easy hike. If you're not, this is going to be a challenging hike. Since we utilize Fitbits, we learned that this hike is also definitely longer than the 2.4 miles advertised. We agree that this hike is not for the faint of heart.... More 

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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a 5 mile hike with amazing views and something different to see around every corner. The first half of the hike is up and down with rocky terrain. The other half of the hike is along the top of the mesa which gives you a flat ground. I think this is one of the best hikes I have... More 

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