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Petroglyph Point Hike

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, Historic Sites
Activities: Hiking
Description: A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
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Salem, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Short hike. There is a guide at the site to give you one on one info. Most petroglyphs ever found. Great way to tap into the culture and history of the area.

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middleo nowhere
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

take this hike! it is a 2.5 mile loop, moderate. We did it early in the morning and were in the shade all of the way. Phenomenal views.

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25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great hike to some very cool petroglyphs. I went to Mesa Verde with my 67 yr old mom, I am 41, and she stayed back at Spruce Tree House and the Museum while I did this hike. It would have been too strenuous for her. For me, it was good. I am in moderate shape so I was a bit... More

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Ontario's Near North, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I decided to hike both the Petroglyph Point Loop and the Spruce Canyon Loop, which can technically be combined into one hike, because they share an access trail that branches off to the right about half way down the Spruce Tree House Trail. However, after a few hundred feet they split into separate directions: the SCL continues straight and the... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Hike to the one panel of petroglyphs was not for the unfit. Much climbing up and down rock steps, dirt path. Must stay on path, you are up high. Took about an hour to the petroglyphs, but path back was on top of the mesa through pygmy forest, so much quicker and easier.

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Oxnard, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

trail goes on side of canyon and then loops back to spruce house on top of Mesa. Mesa is not burned which provided some shade coming back

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I did the Petroglyph Trail and have to warn anyone doing this 2.5mi loop, it is not for the faint of heart, small children, or people who are not in physical shape! Honestly, I thought about turning around less than half a mile into the trail! The views are gorgeous, but parts can get a bit perilous! The start of... More

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San Francisco Peninsula
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Interesting, varied, informative (with the guide) walk. Sticks help. Take it slowly. One almost tricky climb up a ledge at the most distant point - look for the foothold.

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This trail is diversified. We saw canyons, plants, petroglyphs. We had to pass through rocks, go up vertical walls (easy), go up, down, and up again but it was oh-so-beautiful!! We had babies on our backs and did it so I d say anyone in good shape could do it.

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Long Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Don't let the beginning of this trail fool you: it's not like the paved trail into the Spruce House. On the way to the petroglyphs, the trail has many narrow points going up or down rustic steps of stone. After the petroglyphs, there is about a 12 foot nearly vertical climb up to the mesa. If you are afraid of... More

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