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Petroglyph Point Hike

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
+1 970-529-4465
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Definitely use the trail guide

All along this trail are 34 markers that indicate different plants and trees and stone markings... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2016
Chesterfield, Missouri
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Accessible and Interesting

Petroglyph Point is interesting in different ways. Archaeologically, the petroglyphs are abundant... read more

Reviewed May 18, 2016
Stanley C
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A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO
+1 970-529-4465
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Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

All along this trail are 34 markers that indicate different plants and trees and stone markings. These helped to keep up our children's endurance throughout the trail. Plus, the trail guide interprets some of the petroglyphs found at marker 24.

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Reviewed May 18, 2016

Petroglyph Point is interesting in different ways. Archaeologically, the petroglyphs are abundant and fairly well preserved. There is a fence around the base of the cliff upon which the petroglyphs were carved. However, you can get close enough to see the detail and take photographs...More

1  Thank Stanley C
Reviewed May 14, 2016

Please note: this is a HIKE not a walk. You will need to be prepared with plenty of water, and no flip-flops or sandals. We were happy in our lighter-weight hiking foot wear. And in part because of the change in elevation from home to...More

1  Thank asSYSter
Reviewed May 13, 2016

Petroglyph Point Trail extends for 2.4 miles, round-trip, and is moderate overall, with a few, short more strenuous sections. The following description is a direct quote from the NPS web page for this hike. The trail "[B]egins from the Spruce Tree House trail, and continues...More

1  Thank Jim C
Reviewed April 30, 2016

This is a great hike for getting a feel of the geology and biology of the area. There is a trail guide available. It definitely involves some scampering over rocks. It starts on a up/down/rocky trail below the mesa. It'll pass an unmarked small cliff...More

1  Thank OregonMarianne
Reviewed April 27, 2016

For the terrain alone this is one of the most challenging hikes I've done in a while. It does seem as though you do gain, lose, & regain the 174 feet of elevation change a few times. There are many, many stone steps up and...More

1  Thank Gr8Accountant
Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Be aware that this hike is certainly for the first part not an easy walk and you need good shoes and a relatively good condition Some parts of the hike are steep with high steps and narrow passages.

1  Thank Over-en-Naar
Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

My 10 year old daughter and I loved it. Obviously the petroglyphs are the easy highlight, but don't consider this a one trick hike. While short, it's fun. Tricky footing and plenty of climbing opportunities keep this hike chugging. Also, wow, there are some great...More

Thank djsociety
Reviewed March 29, 2016

We really enjoyed this hike. This trail is very scenic. Start your day with a good meal and don't forget to empty your bladder. A hiking stick might help too. The petroglyph point hike is somewhat moderate to intense activity. I do not recommend this...More

2  Thank MC P
Reviewed November 27, 2015

I really enjoyed hiking this trail after visiting Spruce Tree House. It was a great hike with great views along the way. The printed guide was very informative and worth reading along the way.

Thank backpacker111ca
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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