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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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Quite Strenuous

Take plenty of water and check the weather. The walking underfoot is quite good, but the elevation is 700 foot down, and then back up! There is a sign in spot at the beginning of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2016
LennieCoventry
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Coventry
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Take plenty of water and check the weather. The walking underfoot is quite good, but the elevation is 700 foot down, and then back up! There is a sign in spot at the beginning of the walk, and the way is clearly marked, but I found the ending a little confusing and ended up climbing through the wooden fence at... More 

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

The Spruce Canyon trail is not just the short walk to Spruce Tree House, assuming Spruce Tree House is open, which is was not in April, 2016. The actual trail is a fairly demanding 2.4 mile hike down into the canyon and back up, on an unpaved trail. The trailhead is off the paved path, past the temporary partial barrier... More 

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Livingston, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Hiked this trail with my three teenage daughters! It is way down into a canyon with bueatuifull old growth trees and a trail built by the CCC in the 1930s. This is definitely a highlight of our spring break vacation. Have good hiking shoes and be ready for the steep climb out of the canyon! A great place for reflection... More 

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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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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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1 Thank KelleyDD14
Kanab, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 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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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 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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90 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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