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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:
52,121 acres
Contact
970-529-4465
Top trails (17)
#1 - Petroglyph Point Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Petroglyph Point Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilyShow more
#2 - Cliff Palace Loop Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
NOTE: As of July 2020, this trail is closed, except for the roadside overlooks. This route is ranger-guided, which is cancelled due to COVID-19. This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing fiShow more
#3 - 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
#4 - Mesa Verde Point Lookout Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(95)
Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Mesa Verde Point Lookout Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. TheShow more
#5 - 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
#6 - 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
#7 - Long House Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
NOTE: This hike must be guided by a ranger. There are tours through October. Show more
#8 - Step House Trail
Mesa Verde National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 26 m
Step House Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking aShow more
#9 - Far View Sites Complex
Mesa Verde National Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(47)
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
#10 - 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
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