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Knife Edge Trail

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: A 1.5-mile hiking trail located in Mesa Verde National Park.
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a nice easy trail located just of the campground in Mesa Verde. It is about 1 mile each way and the trail is flat. There are beautiful views at the end. My 9 year old son and I hiked out and back in about an hour with a few stops for pictures. There was only 1 other person... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This nature trail takes you out for some nice views of Cortez down in the valley below. You'll see the old road bed alignment and marvel that this is how early visitors to the park came in--there's a reason they called it the Knife Edge Road (search for pictures on the internet or www.nps.gov/meve). Guide booklets available to help you... More

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Santa Fe, NM
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3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We did a bird walk with a ranger. She was a bit scattered, but quite knowledgeable. There were cougar tracks on the trail which had been circled, making them easy to locate and study. We also saw a bald eagle, which made my husband's day. This trail is flat and easy.

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13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

It is hard to imagine that this used to be the road into the park Very disappointed in the grafitti on the rocks at the end. When will people realize that we are not impressed by their ignorance. It is also a felony to deface federal land. Too bad they can't be caught.

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Dallas, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

this hike is very easy. You do not see any cliff dwellings in this area--it starts in the camping area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2002

Knife Edge Trail is a perfect place to watch sunsets. Off in the distance as it grows darker you can view beautiful Sleeping Ute Mountain while the town of Cortez slowly comes to life below. It will take about 30 minutes max to reach the end of the trail. Be sure to bring your flashlights (I have forgotten mine before).... More

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