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

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petroglyphs

this is a challenging hike for me but very enjoyable. there is a point just past the petroglyphs that requires some climbing on all fours to get up. still a great southwest hike... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 29, 2016
Judy G
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hike was a loop throughout the park. It was listed as strenuous but I found it easily doable. I was disappointed that there were only a couple petroglyphs on the hike- was a bit anticlimactic. My partner enjoyed the walk much more but I would have rather spent my time driving the Mesa top loop as I found that... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

this is a challenging hike for me but very enjoyable. there is a point just past the petroglyphs that requires some climbing on all fours to get up. still a great southwest hike with all the interesting and beautiful plants and trees. you do need to check in with the rangers near the museum before starting on the hike.

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Washington State
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Lots of cut-stone steps require plenty of exertion on this interesting hike. Pick up a brochure for a small donation; it will help you understand the geology, plant life, and way of living you will see along the way. Trail is exceptionally well marked but according to my fitness app significantly longer than the 2.4 miles indicated. The petroglyphs are... More 

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Woodlyn, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Depending on far you want to go up steps, there are quite a few petroglyphs that you can see and take photos. However, you can see many of them from the paths.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

2.4 mile loop begin from Spruce Tree House trail. 1.4 miles from the trail head. Reached largest petroglyph panel, then climbs to the mesa top with views of Spruce and Navajo Canyons as it returns to the museum. You could choose the 1.4 miles or 2.4 mile loop. The trail was strenuous at times and it is advisable to wear... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

I thought this hike would never end! Lol it was great though! Very strenuous at times on the first half of the loop, but the views were amazing!! We saw a rabbit run right across the path. Took tons of pics. After you reach the petroglyphs, which were really cool to see, the worst is almost over. The second half... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

This hike affords a good perspective on life in the cliffs and also on top of the mesa. The hike is a loop, and be aware that the first half is in the cliffs/canyons and is involves stepping over lots of rocks and climbing. The second half is a breeze, because you are walking on top of the mesa and... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

We hike a lot and were looking for a hike we could take before our scheduled time to visit the Cliff Palace. This hike is strenuous, and involves climbing over some rocks. The estimated time is 2 hours for a 2.4 mile hike, though we did it in 1h 15m, at a fast pace (we live at 8,000 feet, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

We thought this hike was gorgeous, fun and challenging.. Enough! It was absolutely beautiful and so different from most of the hikes we have completed. We loved this hike very much! We highly recommend!!

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

This trail starts at the museum, near the Spruce Tree site. It's a 2.4 mile loop trail with the Petroglyphs Wall at the half-way point. The hike was super fun for our kids, 8 & 10, with up and down stone stairs, big alcoves, stunning canyon views, and walking through narrow rock channels. The petroglyphs are the payoff... Fantastic! After... More 

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