Hike the Spruce Canyon Trail

Spruce Canyon Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

Spruce Canyon Trail is a favorite trail of many hikers in Mesa Verde National Park. The Spruce Canyon Trail is a 3 mile out and back trail that features amazing wildflowers, mammals, and birds. The hike is relatively peaceful for being so popular, and features a different hiking experience than the rest of the park. The trees change from small Pines and Junipers to extremely tall Douglas Firs. ​

The Spruce Canyon trail is very well taken care of. The trail begin with a descent into Spruce Tree Canyon and then follows a stream for 3/4 of a mile before climbing a side canyon back up to the ridge. The trailhead is located on the Chapin Mesa within Mesa Verde National Park. The trail is open for use year round. 

Photos: Paul Waak, Nick Amoscato

Distance

3.1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

754 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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