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Petroglyph Point Hike

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
+1 970-529-4465
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The prettiest trail in the park

This is a 2.4 mile (3.9 km) hike that takes you south from the Spruce Tree House overlook down to a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
A worthwhile hike!

This hike can be quite challenging for those not accustomed to hiking. Bring comfortable hiking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Central Illinois
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A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“great hike” (18 reviews)
“second half” (9 reviews)
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
+1 970-529-4465
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a 2.4 mile (3.9 km) hike that takes you south from the Spruce Tree House overlook down to a petroglyph panel which includes the most extensive accessible rock art in the park. Since it covers varied terrain, some of it inside the canyon...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hike can be quite challenging for those not accustomed to hiking. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, snacks, sun glasses, a ball cap, and rain gear because you will likely experience a shower after 2 pm. The longest part of the hike is...More

Thank tbschlat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great hike, but the first half is a fairly tough rock scramble. Good choice for those who hike well, not a great choice for children or those of limited mobility

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hike is very difficult; very steep, uneven stone steps, close to the edge of the path, but it was beautiful. An important thing which should be stressed; after you reach the petrogyphs, there is a VERY DIFFICULT climb but if you do that climb,...More

Thank SundanceinHawaii
Reviewed 18 July 2017

This hike fascinated me. The trail is up an down so probably not to be recommended if you are unsteady on your feet. Take your camera because the views are worth the effort. The Petroglyphs themselves, whilst not extensive, are none the less worth he...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We started this walk late in the day, but after 1/2 an hour we were too hot to go on. It is necessary to pay attention as there are steep places to maneuver and no guard rails. I'd attempt this early morning with plenty of...More

Thank ntalbot
Reviewed 7 July 2017

This was my favorite hike in the park. My wife likes the archeological stuff and I like the nature. This was a really good combination and interesting hike. You climb under rocks, wedge between rocks and over rocks until you get to the end and...More

Thank jeffb1
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our morning hike, it was peaceful and not overly challenging. Our only complaint was waiting til 8:30 for the gate to open but met some other hikers who were told to start at the end and you don't have to wait. Wish...More

Thank paulyh635
Reviewed 2 July 2017

The petroglyph point hike can be done as a loop, or in/out the same way; either way, it's 3 miles because the petroglyphs are at the far end of the loop. We took the mesa top part of the trail because it's cooler, winding through...More

Thank lcpearce
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

A challenging hike! Mountain billy goat clambering on the way there. Steep steps, hanging off rocks, hot, dry. All of that was manageable. The hard part was breathing. We live at about 1800 feet altitude. This hike is about 7000-8000 feet. Fortunately, the return was...More

Thank GordonsvilleGal
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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