Petroglyph Point Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible 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!
Great views of Spruce Canyon. Cool petroglyphs. Lots of rocky stairs to climb.
I have hiked this trail many times as a Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park. It is likely the best trail at Mesa Verde due to some spectacular canyon views, interesting trail characteristics (particularly the up and down uneven stone steps at the beginning), archaeological features and short length (easy day hike). Take plenty of water and a snack to enjoy at the Petroglyphs. This trail is best hiked in the morning because the outbound leg (along the canyon face) is shaded. If hiked in the afternoon be prepared for direct (and intense) sunshine the entire way.
This is a very interesting hike. One which you can get the feel for Mesa Verde without all the crowds around you. It can be hot in places, but there is ample shade along the way also. Great views into the canyon, cool rock formations, some slight exposure and a couple tight places. The petroglyphs are amazing and a little eerie to look at. Makes you wonder who exactly made them and what do the figures really mean. Be sharp, as you could possibly miss them. Near the end, you climb out of the canyon up to the rim where there are great views. Then you loop back to the starting point, more or less. Bring water with you!
An amazing trail! This trail is located inside the national park. The beginning of this trail is lower so it's shadier but as you hike up the canyon it's hotter. I recommend picking up the $.50 guide to read along the way. This trail has great views as well as a historical significance! I definitely recommend this!
This was a fun trail. You walk along a ridge above Spruce Canyon. The geologic discoveries along the trail are as interesting as the petroglyphs at the end - really the middle. Definitely hike this trail in the morning. If you hike in the afternoon you will be baking in sun! Wear shoes with good grips.