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good hike - especially if you go in the right direction

great loop hike to the petroglyphs. we went early in the morning and treated to some shade. it's... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Baltimore, Maryland
you'll see a different Mesa

This hike offers a lot of unseen and unusual features of the mesa, thanks to a rugged trail long... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pascal M
Mountain View, California, United States
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A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
+1 970-529-4465
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Reviewed 6 days ago

great loop hike to the petroglyphs. we went early in the morning and treated to some shade. it's a bit challenging in places, but it's definitely manageable. good thing there was a sign pointing out the petroglyphs or i would have walked right by them....More

Thank Humphiedoodle
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hike offers a lot of unseen and unusual features of the mesa, thanks to a rugged trail long the side of the cliff, followed by a flat walk on the mesa itself on the way back. Around marker 10, look back on the hidden...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A loop trail about 3 miles total, starting behind museum, the first half was very rugged and fun, climbing over rocks, along narrow ledges and up steps carved into the rock. Petroglyphs were pretty cool but the scenery was the main draw. Second half was...More

1  Thank corndoc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a 2 mile round trip (on a loop trail) that leaves from the museum in the park. It is kind of strenuous with a steep ascent right away. Lots of narrow and tight squeezes and lots of uneven steps throughout the hike. If...More

Thank Kristen H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The signs said this hike would take 2 hours while only being 2 miles. Started out fairly challenging and we were starting to worry about how long it would take us to finish. About half way in, you have to scramble up the rocks to...More

1  Thank ttoo
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Nice hike to get you away from the crowds. Follows a canyon wall for most of the hike which means it's a bit in the shade, occasionally. Great views, some ruins and a group of petroglyphs or pictographs. One spot near the end required pulling...More

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Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

We adored this hike. It follows the inner wall of the canyon for great views most of the hike. There’s a lot of rock climbing and steps so it’s fairly strenuous but our 5 year old did it. It took about 1.5 hours including about...More

2  Thank mlcdpt
Reviewed May 1, 2018

Great little hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park. The approx. 2.5 mile hike begins at an overlook of Spruce Tree House Ruins. The trail quickly descends into Spruce Canyon before gaining elevation again heading to the part of the trail that travels below the...More

Thank MilesMereV
Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

I just visited Mesa Verde on Sunday and completed this hike in a little over an hour. Very pretty trail that definitely got my heart pumping. I would agree that’s it’s moderately strenuous. Not for kids under 11/12 as the steps at the end after...More

1  Thank gold74hokie
Reviewed November 10, 2017

Great trail. More adventuresome feeling than others in the park. We are in our 60's and did this hike on a sunny fall afternoon. Though not difficult, it takes some agility (and time) to maneuver around the canyon trail. Appreciated that the trail was so...More

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Response from Richmondparent | Reviewed this property |
If you are in reasonably good shape, it would be ok, but for the first half of the hike you need to be sure footed and able to navigate rocks and steps. The second half is in top of the Mesa and is easy. I would consider... More