Explore the most popular birding trails in Mesa Verde National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Can be a bit scrambly at times but after the glyphs it’s a cakewalk. Beyond all beauty. Great walk.

Trail closed when we were there, but at the beginning of the trailhead you can see it across the canyon and it’s the closest dwelling without hiking to that you can see.

Quick trail and you can see the cliff dwellings.

***check in with the visitor center to book your guided tour if you want to walk through the cliff dwellings*** Well worth the $5.
This park was amazing. We saw the balcony house at 12 and the cliff house at 2 and it was sufficient time to get to the next as well as time well spent. We ended spending the entire day here.

12 days ago

Absolutely amazing place to watch the sun set, don't miss it

Amazing trail with beautiful views

Nice walk shady walk down into the canyon, the petroglyphs are awesome to see. Rock scramble on the way out and the walk across the Mesa back to museum. Would definitely do again.

Completed this last summer. Ranger was grouchy and really ruined the experience. Trail, although a little difficult in places, was in great shape, well preserved and maintained. This is a Ranger-guided tour.

A beautiful, “challenging” hike. Wear good footing and be prepared the squeeze. The views are indescribably beautiful. :)

You will not be disappointed. Amazing tour.

Amazing views and lots of interesting stone footpaths. Definitely a must do if you're in Mesa Verde.

5$ guided tours of the largest cave dwelling in the park. Ranger James was an amazing guide and gave great insight into the parks history. One of the rangers ahead of us even played a native American song on the flute and it gave me chills. Definitely a must see spot in the park.

30 days ago

Hike was really nice. My wife & I took our three year old with us. We went out late afternoon where it wasn't too hot. Nice views on the walk down, but a little challenging walking back up. Not that crowded around this time.

Lovely trail! I love the views.

Nice flat trail. Not very long. Great views. Saw a rattlesnake during our hike so be careful.

Great trail! Petroglyphs are about half way in. Lots of tricky rocks to climb down and up on. Great views and trail is well marked.

Vey easy trail, would not even call it a hike. Awesome view of Balcony House and the canyon, not much else. Should take around a half hour to complete.

Love Mesa Verde and all the places to see!! Great National Park to visit!

Located near the entrance of the "Amphitheater Parking", this hike is mostly switchbacks. Going up is killer, but going back down is a breeze. Great view of the Mancos valley, lightly trafficked, and a lot of lizard activity on a hot day. Should take around 2 hours to complete.

Awesome and fun trail, very different from anything I've been on. Petroglyphs are a little bit more than halfway and hard to miss. Not too difficult of a trail, some very steep steps and tight place to maneuver through though. Also after the petroglyphs there is a slight difficulty hump at the "Museum" sign, a small rock scramble, but an amazing view right after. Great day hike! Could take from 1-2 hours

This was one of my favorite hikes. A moderate loop with beautiful views, ruins and rock carvings. It is labeled by the park as strenuous but I was able to do it with a sprained ankle. First part is a lot of rock terrain, light rock climbing when reaching the peak but flat on the way back. A great hike overall and would recommend taking time to stop and enjoy the views.

All trails says moderate but the park labels it strenuous. For me it was definitely more difficult than expected. Lots of different terrain and some rock climbing... be prepared, take plenty of water. The trail takes a lot longer than you might think. But, totally worth the views, beautiful!

this trail is generally not suitable for trail running - too many steep staircases narrow passages. a beautiful hike, especially if you link to the spruce canyon trail

the trailhead is difficult to locate. it is further past the picnic area than the map indicates and is poorly signed up top. a wonderful, cool canyon hike though!

2 months ago

Pretty nice all around. Hiked the whole thing and saw no one until I got back to the beginning. Get good west-facing views.

2 months ago

Pretty cool little trail and not very popular. Sweet views

2 months ago

Short hike to the highest point in the park.

2 months ago

Nice little hike to see some of the old dwellings and you can enter some of them. Not a lot of parking though

scenic driving
2 months ago

Lots of little stops along the road to see view points and some of the mesa top dwellings.

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