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Petroglyph Point Hike

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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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Coolest trail ever

If you're in ok shape, make the walk to the petroglyphs. Not for the petroglyphs (they look like a teenager from the time period made them) but the trail is super cool with rock... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you're in ok shape, make the walk to the petroglyphs. Not for the petroglyphs (they look like a teenager from the time period made them) but the trail is super cool with rock staircases & you even walk through the crack in a rock. I love to hike & this is probably the coolest trail I have ever done.... More 

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Magalia, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The petroglyphs themselves are much smaller than I imagined, but the location is unbelievable. Hundreds of years ago, people traveled the trail along the cliffs of Mesa Verde and left their images on the rock face overlooking the canyons. My wife and I were there in April and the weather was perfect for the long hike: not too hot, not... More 

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Yamhill, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This hike follows an ancient trail. It is a bit strenuous, with significant climbing over rocks and through narrow gaps in the rocks. There wasn't much elevation change. Views were great. The petroglyphs at the end were pretty limited. At the petroglyphs the trail climbs to the Mesa top, and it is a pretty easy hike back.

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Colville, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Most Mesa Verde hikes were being used by many people, but during this hike, we ran into only a handful of other hikers. The petroglyphs were fun to see and the hike was well groomed.

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SLC, UT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We visited Mesa Verde in April during the slow season and Spruce Tree House is the only dwelling open to tour. So this hike was a nice little "extra" for us. The hike starts on the same path as Spruce Tree house and is a 2.5 mile long loop. The trailhead is down the path toward the dwelling. But we... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We're a pair of 60-ish year olds and I'd rate this 4.5 km/ 3 mile hike as moderate. For the first half of the hike the trail is within the canyon, usually quite near the rim of the canyon. There's some climbing up and down stone "stairs" and a couple of minor squeezes, but for the most part it's "high... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

was told this was an easy two hour hike. Well, I am from sea level where we have a lot more oxygen. Plus it is flat where I live. While I was expecting hills I wasn't expecting to scramble over rocks, etc. Once you make it to the top of the Mesa, the hard part is all over and all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We are from Florida and this was the first time my two boys (11 & 7) had gone on any type of hiking. We originally were just going to see the cliff dwellings but when they saw the sign for the hike they were adamant about going. The bottom half of the hike is absolutely beautiful. It is mostly shaded... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Breath taking view. Fantastic path with steps, tunnels and ledge views. Well worth the hike. Take water and a jacket if late in the day.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It's definitely a hike and not just a scenic stop, so make sure you pack water and plan to start before too late in the afternoon, since they close the trail at 5pm and you have to complete the loop to get out. They say it takes 2 hours, and even though I hike quickly it took almost that long... More 

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