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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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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a 5 mile hike with amazing views and something different to see around every corner. The first half of the hike is up and down with rocky terrain. The other half of the hike is along the top of the mesa which gives you a flat ground. I think this is one of the best hikes I have... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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472 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This hike takes you to the petroglyphs it it tough for us older folks but not impossible. But just as important it shows how the people got around the short period they lived here.

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Catonsville, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This Amazing hike was one of the highlights of our trip... But it Is strenuous for older folks who aren't as fit...especially on a hot day. Heed the warnings and take plenty of water. This hike gives you the chance to "feel" Mesa Verde as its inhabitants did 1000 years ago. Most of the time we were alone on the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

You should start your hike with a visit at the Spruce Tree House. This is a cliff dwelling to be visited in a self-guided tour free of charge. Some rangers are there to help and explain – I my opinion that visit is almost as good as the guided tours to Cliff Palace or the Balcony House. Right after you... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

What a nice hike this one is. Bring a stick, it will make the hike easier, the terrain is very uneven. The path goes up a long way, over stones and carved staircases. It is a very well marked trail, breath taking scenery. At the beginning of the trail you can buy a brochure (suggested donation $ 1) where 27... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We took this hike after visiting some of the dwellings at Mesa Verde. It is about a 2.5-3 mile moderate hike and took us about an hour and a half. On the way up you do go over some mountainous rocks since you are going up the canyon; on the way down you are walking back to the museum and... More

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Salem, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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33149
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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91 helpful votes 91 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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