Petroglyph Point Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.
We arrived at the Park and had a couple of hours to kill before our guided tours of Cliff Palace and Balcony House, so we decided to do the Petroglyph Point Trail. This was a great introduction to the terrain and flora of the Park. There are some narrow spots, but ledges are all safe, and the climax of the hike is getting to the petroglyphs. After that there is a short, but steep ascent back up to the rim of the canyon. From there, it is an easy jaunt back to the trailhead and view of the Spruce Tree House. Be sure to pick up a trail brochure as there are interpretive signs that can be very informative.
So beautiful and a pretty easy hike. Some of the most beautiful views and very humbling. The trail says moderate difficulty when you're at the park but it's easy. Just be aware it's not appropriate for all children as the trail right after the petroglyphs consists of climbing up the rocks on steps crudely built into the rocks on the side of the mountain. I'm afraid of heights and did this trail no problem but wouldn't have brought my 13 & 9 year old boys on this one. It's just too steep.
Great petroglyphs at the far point of the loop. Trail is engaging the whole way out.
The third and final trail that we did while visiting the park. This was the longest, and was actually a nice trail. Amazing views and really cool petroglyphs.
Good trail, fun for the teens and adults. But it was hot
A blast to hike with my teenagers.
Interesting, but I believe a moderate rating is achieved as an average, largely because the last half is nearly flat on top of the Mesa. The trail out to the petroglyphs is "interesting"
Amazing hike with just enough climbing and scrambling to make it very fun! Still have enough energy afterwards to tour the cliff dwellings.
Spectacular views! One of our favorites!
Short, mostly flat trail with a little bit of scrambling through tight spots between rocks. Not terribly challenging, especially if you are lucky enough to get cooler weather. Nice short hike that can be done as an out-and-back just to the petroglyphs (marker #24), or as a loop. The views are gorgeous.
This is a nice little hike with great views and the ability to view ruins and petroglyphs close up. The hike back is at the top of the canyon and fairly easy. Bring water - it can get hot and it's high and dry. We saw a momma bear and her cub by the road on the way in - so keep an eye out for the wildlife. This trail is heavily used - so not likely there will be bears.
Great views and the thunderstorms were an added bonus!