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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Activities: Hiking
Description: A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.

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A worthwhile but challenging hike.

This is advertised as a two-hour, moderate hike. It was more challenging than moderate for us. The path is along a canyon ledge and is littered with rocks and roots and gaps... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Clearwater, Florida
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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is advertised as a two-hour, moderate hike. It was more challenging than moderate for us. The path is along a canyon ledge and is littered with rocks and roots and gaps between boulders that make it much more than just a walk. The change in altitude from beginning to end is said to be relatively small, but you will... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is an awesome trail for anyone who wants a little bit of a challenge and has some time to enjoy it. Hike in the morning to avoid the sun and heat, be sure and sign your name in the register at the start of the trail - rangers when you do this - it is for your safety and... More 

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Dewey, Az
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

You won't see many people on this hike. It's longer and more challenging than most of the popular sites. There are some difficult spots along the way, but a person of average fitness level should be able to meet the challenges of steep steps on irregular stones. The petroglyphs are not all that spectacular, but are interesting. The hike itself... More 

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Vidor, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

You had better be in pretty good shape for this one. If you are, don't miss it! We had a blast! It's 2.4 crazy miles. It's a loop, and at one point we lost the trail because it continued about chest high! We had a little footrest and a grip, made by the Indians, and we hoisted ourselves right on... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is such a beautiful trail to hike. The petroglyph is in great shape and tells a story. Take your time to enjoy the beauty of the park.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It was a challenging hike to get there, a really challenging climb to get up to the top of the mesa afterwards, and then an easy flat walk on the mesa back to the visitors center. Be sure to take a printed guide to explain what you will be seeing (and be sure not to add anything to the drawings!).

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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Hiked this trail in May with a group of physically fit individuals who live at this elevation so are used to the altitude. Nonetheless, it leaves you breathless in spots. Lots of rocks, stairs, and uphills. Hiked the same trail yesterday...but started at the end and went in reverse. Oddly, the hike was MUCH easier...except for a few uphills, it... More 

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Tulsa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is a really hard hike with a lot of climbing up and down stone stairs. There are a number of precariously situated climbs. The petroglyphs were neat, but don't go on this hike for them. It is a hike that will test you but all in our party from 12 years to 74 years made it. It is a... More 

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newark, delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We (two 60 yr olds and two 12 year olds) started this hike about 9 in the morning; it took us just under 3 hours. About the first two-thirds of the hike was shaded with a lot of scrambling over rocks--just tough enough to make it fun but challenging. Once you pass the petroglyphys, you climb up onto the mesa... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

...well not really. But it did truly push my physical self confidence and I am grateful I made the walk. Good shoes, lots of water and a hiking partner are recommended. Begins at base of Spruce Canyon near Spruce House and winds its way up the canyon wall to a small set of petroglyphs near the top of the canyon... More 

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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Mesa Verde National Park

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