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Best trails in Mesa Verde National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 11 easy trails in Mesa Verde National Park ranging from 0.8 to 15 miles and from 6,801 to 8,572 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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. Mesa Verde is always open, but opportunities vary from season to season. See here for this years info: nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/hours.htm Park Entrance Fee for Private Vehicles January 2 - April 30, 2020 November 1 - December 31, 2020 Fee: $20.00 May 1 - October 31, 2020 Fee: $30.00 Details: The fee is good for entrance to Mesa Verde National Park for up to 7 days. Park Entrance Fee for Motorcycles January 2 - April 30, 2020 November 1 - December 31, 2020 Fee: $15.00 May 1 - October 31, 2020 Fee: $25.00 Details: The fee is good for entrance to Mesa Verde National Park for up to 7 days. Park Entrance Fee for Each Bicyclist and Individual on Non-Commercial Buses January 2 - April 30, 2020 November 1 - December 31, 2020 Fee: $10.00 per person May 1 - October 31, 2020 Fee: $15.00 per person Details: The fee is good for entrance to Mesa Verde National Park for up to 7 days. Mesa Verde Annual Pass Fee: $55.00 Details: Fee good for a year, beginning from the date of sale America the Beautiful Series Passes Fee: Varies Details: The Annual, Military, Senior, and Access passes can be purchased in the park or online. For information on each of the passes, visit the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program page.

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Map of trails in Mesa Verde National Park
Park information
Acreage:
52121 acres
Contact
970-529-4465
Top trails (17)
#1 - Cliff Palace Loop Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing five, 8-10ft (2.6-3m) ladders, on a 100ft (30m) vertical climb. Total walking distance is about 1/4-mile (400m), round-trip.Show more
#2 - Balcony House Loop Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
Balcony House is a 1 hour ranger guided tour through a cliff dwelling located in Mesa Verde National Park. This tour is considered the most challenging tour due to the fact that visitors will have to Show more
#3 - Mesa Verde National Park Scenic Drive
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 15 mi
Mesa Verde National Park Scenic Drive is a 15 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mancos, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. TheShow more
#4 - Soda Canyon Overlook Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 31 m
Soda Canyon Overlook Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. ThShow more
#5 - Far View Sites Complex
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 23 m
Far View Sites Complex is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#6 - Knife Edge Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 55 m
Knife Edge Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily useShow more
#7 - Park Point Overlook Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 11 m
A short and easy paved trail to two wonderful overlooks with a 360 degree view from Mesa Verde's highest point. An added point of interest is the old fire lookout station located between the two overShow more
#8 - Mesa Top Loop Road
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi
6-mile driving tour with stops at cliff dwelling overlooks and surface dwellingsShow more
#9 - Farming Terraces Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(21)
Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
Farming Terraces Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail oShow more
#10 - Petroglyph Point Trail [CLOSED]
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Note: As of June 22, 2020, due to the increased fire danger level in the park, this trail has been closed until further notice. More information here: https://www.nps.gov/meve/learn/news/20-09_extfireShow more
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