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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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Short but fun hike

We really enjoyed this two mile hike. We weren't sure what we were getting ourselves into, but it turned out to be a trail with lots of fun boulders to climb on or over :) The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tavia W
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Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado
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57 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this two mile hike. We weren't sure what we were getting ourselves into, but it turned out to be a trail with lots of fun boulders to climb on or over :) The Petroglyph about half way through the hike, where you turn around and come back to the research center. Definitely worth seeing such ancient evidence... More 

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Carolina, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

If you can only hike one trail while in Mesa Verde National Park then Petroglyph Point Trail is the one to pick! Three of my grandchildren (ages 16, 13,and 10) and I visited Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado in August. We are not hikers but wanted to do a little hiking to take in the views, check out the cliff... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

The three-mile Petroglyph Trail was a hiking-boot trail for certain. Before beginning the hike, we purchased a trail guide that was useful in identifying trees and shrubs along the way. The first half of the trail involved three narrow passages that might trap hikers of excessive girth; we both traversed the passages safely. After what seemed an interminable time to... More 

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Davis, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This hike was a bit challenging for me, but not difficult. The trail dips into the canyon, crosses to the other side, and begins to climb toward the ridge, which seems high above. After a couple of narrow spots, all of a sudden the petroglyphs are there! Easily visible, a few feet above the trail. The return to the trailhead... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

This was a very enjoyable hike to see a big wall full of interesting petroglyphs. I chose to do a loop as opposed to out and back. For me it was not a challenging hike but I am an avid hiker. There was a lot of changes in the scenery which I appreciated.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016 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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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 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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Reviewed 26 September 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 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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