Spruce Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 540' 164 m
Descent: -371' -113 m
High: 7,015' 2,138 m
Low: 6,476' 1,974 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“Quiet and shaded, this trail is great after the crowds and heat on Petroglyph Point Trail”— Micah Bontrager
Family Friendly Easy and short, not too much climbing.
After a while, you start a mellow to moderate climb out of the creek bed and up to the Mesa top. You'll loop back around and then end up on the road which takes you back to the museum and gift shop.
For a 5 mile tour, do the Petroglyph Point Trail in reverse (around the top of the ridge, then down to the Petroglyph and follow the canyon back north to Spruce Canyon Trailhead), then take Spruce around and back to the parking lot.
Pets are only allowed on paved paths and parking lots (on leash), and are not allowed on trails.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mesa Verde National Park