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“Rugged Canyon Hike to Largest Petroglyph Panel in the Park” 5 of 5 stars
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Petroglyph Point Hike
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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Type: Historic Sites, Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
Kingston, TN
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“Rugged Canyon Hike to Largest Petroglyph Panel in the Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

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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Breckenridge, Colorado
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“Glad we did this hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

After viewing Spruce Tree House we decided to follow this trail. By all means invest fifty cents at the beginning for a booklet that will provide some info about what the petroglyphs might mean. The trail is somewhat rugged but you will be rewarded with spectacular views and a good workout. I am fearful of heights but found only one spot uncomfortable. Never fear, it really is a loop that ends near the museum. There is one somewhat difficult climb near the end to reach the mesa top. If you sign in as requested in the book as you begin, you need not hike back to the book to sign out. So long as your car is gone at the end of the day, no one will launch a search party. We'll worth the time.

Visited September 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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“great hike with a nice payoff at the end”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is the best hike in the park. . . .a bit strenuous, a few tight squeezes but all well worth it. The petroglyphs are a nice payoff at the end of the hike. Make sure and continue on the trail, climb out just a hundred yards past the glyphs . . . .a stone cairn marks the trail. . . .you come out on the mesa and its a flat hike back.

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Galveston, Texas
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“Incredible Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is about 21/2 miles long over pretty rough terrain. For most of it you walk along a canyon side among rock overhangs and caves. There are a lot of great views to enjoy and about 2 miles in you get to see the petroglyphs which are really cool.
Pick up the 50 cent trail guide and it tells you a bit about what they mean. The trail was more intensive than we had anticipated but still doable.

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Ware, Hertfordshire
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“nice hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Worth a walk to be rewarded by an ancient rock art panel. We even met a female mule deer along the way.

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