nature trips


kid friendly


wild flowers


trail running

no dogs

This area has over 4,000 archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo, who lived here for 700 years. Cliff dwellings built in the 12th and 13th centuries include Cliff Palace, which has 150 rooms and 23 kivas, and the Balcony House, with passages and tunnels.

Costs extra money for tour hike. Guide was corny and It was shorter than I anticipated. Still a sweet time

Watched a coyote stalk prey. Quite, old school

17 hours ago

Utter epicness

Drive it all

A moderate trail with guide booklets available at the beginning, pointing out well marked points of interest. The trail is quite rocky with several areas of narrow steep stairs. Hiking poles may be recommended for some. It is a loop trail, which is not clear in the booklet. Keep going after the petroglyphs, the trail will return you to the museum along the canyon floor. As with all sites in Mesa Verde, the climate can be hot and very dry. Take plenty of water.

3 days ago


3 days ago

3 days ago

I loved the sense of adventure for this hike, but only wish it were longer! Lots of stairs, three ladders, and tiny tunnel but it all added to an amazing feel. Getting to see the structure up close and personal was something else entirely. Our ranger was amazing and really funny, so it added to the experience. We spent more time waiting for the other tour before us to clear out, but it gave us time to explore. Really worth the cost and time-- truly an amazing experience.

15 days ago

16 days ago

Dope views, hardest part is the switchbacks

On this day I hiked the north loop only. See my review of the south loop here. Not much to add, really. Finished with 5.7 miles and 900' of elevation gain. The views from the north loop are perhaps a little better than from the south loop. Trail is well marked (mostly with cairns) and maintained. I saw deer tracks but the only wildlife I saw were lizards. The only people I saw were a couple whose path I crossed on the ascent to the ridge. Not a popular trail in MV, but a good one if you like solitude.

1 month ago

Fantastic hike, with rewarding panel of petroglyphs at the (approximate) half-way point. It is a challenging trail with a few ascents/descents and switchbacks en route to the petroglyphs. Amazing geology and scenery throughout and a relatively easy walk back to the trailhead via the mesa-top.