After visiting the Spruce Tree House (a self-guided tour), we took the nearby Petroglyph Point Trail, a 2.4 mile loop. This trail starts on the trail you take to Spruce Tree House. A box at the trailhead has a sign-in sheet (or sign in at the Museum) and also the trail guide (50 cents). The trail guide is worth having with you since it explains the large petroglyph panel which you will see on the hike. Otherwise, the guide is mostly about the plants, shrubs, and trees you will see. We did this hike from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 and it was quite chilly, being in the shade for a good portion of the hike. (Temps in the 40's this morning.) Also, due to the rocky trail in the canyon, you really can't go fast enough to get warmed up. We thought this was a GREAT trail with narrow slots to go through between huge boulders and great views of the canyon. All the rangers we talked to said this was one of their favorite trails in Mesa Verde and I can see why. I would rate this hike as moderate due to the rocky, rugged terrain in the canyon portion of this hike. The petroglyph panel, the largest and best known group of petroglyphs in Mesa Verde, is near the end of the canyon portion of the hike. Then there is a short, steep uphill to the mesa top. The hike continues on the mesa top, for the easier walking portion of the hike, back to the museum. If you have any concerns about the difficulty of this hike, be sure to check with the ranger at the museum. This really was a FAVORITE hike of ours and is a MUST-DO if you enjoy hiking!
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