I hiked this trail just before sunset and it was amazing. Great views as the sun moved over the mesa. There were still some vivid colors in October and the trail is only about 2 miles total and easy for adults and kids. It is accessed at the north end of the Morefield Campground.
This trail is on the original road that was built to access Mesa Verde-that's something to consider as you hike along! There is a great nature guide that talks about the various plants along the way. The view of Montezuma Valley and Ute Mountain is amazing. This would be a great hike to do at sunset.