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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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Challenging but Fun Hike

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TC415
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Golden, Colorado
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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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ny, ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank kerbuck11
Lubbock, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank FlyFishTX
Brighton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

We had spent the day at Mesa Verde National Park and decided to cap it off with this 2.4 mile hike. There were 11 of us with an age range of 8-61. The hike is a loop and you start off by heading to the right of the museum. The best thing about this hike is the terrain of the... More 

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Thank Jeremy B
Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

My husband and I happened on this hike by chance and were very glad we did. We took it in the morning and it was beautiful and we were nearly the only people on the trail. It wasn't listed on any of the brochures but anyone who goes to Mesa Verde should take this trail. Lovely!!

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

The hike was beautiful and you get very close to the petroglyphs. However, the lower half is on a cliff edge with steep stairs/Boulder scrambles. We had to hold our youngest's hand the whole way. The upper part is on the Mesa and easy until the Boulder scramble at the end just before the petroglyphs. You do pass a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Super easy walk to get here. Interesting but not a huge area. It doesn't take long to get there and it doesn't take long to look at it.

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Thank mholden25
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

My family LOVED this hike. My parents are in their 50s and in pretty decent shape, and the hike was more than manageable for them. It's 2.4 miles. The first half has some VERY steep passages, narrow stone steps, even a moment of (basically) rock climbing. The petroglyph site is very small, but cool. The real appeal of the hike... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Wear good shoes. There are some challenging areas if you are not an experienced hiker. If you are, you will be fine. It took my wife of 50, my 16 yo son and me (53) about 1 1/2 hours to do it. The sun is on you in the PM so if it is going to be a hot day,... More 

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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

You need proper shoes for this one. Do it in the morning hours and you will have some shade. Really nice hike to do before doing an afternoon tour.

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