Concise loop that’s perfect for young families, combining interesting history and fun rock scrambling.

Statistics

19

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19

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3

max°

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

With rocks to scramble on, caves to poke into, and cowboy history, Cave Spring is the perfect trail for families with energetic children.

Anyone seeking a short but somewhat adventurous hike will enjoy it, and especially those interested in the past.

You’ll find an authentic cowboy camp in one of the rock alcoves, with lots of remaining artifacts like tools, tables, and cookware.

Beneath a different overhang, you can find Native American rock art that predates the cowboys. The loop passes these historic sites and also climbs a low sandstone mesa, using two wooden ladders.

On top, you’ll walk on bare slickrock and have elevated views over the landscape, with opportunities for further scrambling and exploration.

If you’d rather be efficient and see a lot of the park in a day, this trail can easily be completed in 30-45 minutes, before moving on to other destinations. Source: https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/hiking.htm