Spruce Canyon Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The Spruce Canyon trail is located on the Chapin Mesa within Mesa Verde National Park. The trail descends Spruce Tree Canyon to Spruce Canyon where it follows the seasonal stream up the canyon for almost 3/4 of a mile before climbing a side canyon back up to the top of the mesa.
One of the most scenic trails I have done. Starts with a decent down into the canyon and then you walk through the bottom before going back up. Trail was very well taken care of of course. it was actually raining and cloudy when we went but it was all still open. The only downfall to this trail is that once you hike back up the canyon, about half a mile of the "trail" is really just walking along the road to the museum. It only took us just over an hour and we stopped a couple times for pics. I definitely recommend it as a moderate, fun, quick hike to see a great area of the park.
I went on March 19th, 2016. The reviews said open all year, but the south half was closed for winter, so no loop. But it was a decent trail down to the bottom, and quite a good climb back out. It was just right to get the hiking blood flowing again after a sedentary winter.
Fun hike, great views of Spruce Canyon.
This was the first time here and was absolutely amazing to see the villages and history. Very easy hikes to this site and anyone can do it. Paved walkway down to the living area with great photo opportunities. Enjoy and take lots of pictures.
If you're a beginner, like I am, this trail is difficult. Make sure to bring enough water. Absolutely gorgeous hike.
It's open year round so is busy in the cold months. Good cross section of structures and nice museum nearby.
The Spruce Canyon Trail is one of two 2 hour loop hikes accessible from the Chapin Mesa museum area of Mesa Verde National Park. It is a quiet, meditative type hike since the trail is not heavily used, even during the peak summer months. This trail features a completely different ecosystem than the rest of the Park. As you descend into the canyon the trees change from small Pinyon Pines and Junipers to towering Douglas Firs. It is not uncommon to see standing water in the creek beds and various birds and small mammals. Be prepared to exercise. The trail is moderate to strenuous as you descend several hundred feet into the canyon and then climb back out. With that said it's an enjoyable 2 hour experience. You will exit close to the museum area where you started.