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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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 531 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade No dogs
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Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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_extfiredanger.htm Directions from Morefield Campground: Point Lookout Trailhead is in the northern corner of Morefield Campground.

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Taylor Miller
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Ryan Ruenroeng
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Robert Morrison
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High views to the north

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Josh Blosser
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Switchback for first half of mile then levels out along the plateau. Worth the hike for the view at the top

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Vanessa Koehler
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Easy to find trailhead. Well marked and well trafficked. Views were great (bit hazy due to the smoke/fires). Temperature was great at the 9a start time. Round trip 1hr 22min

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Brett K
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Amazing views! Switchbacks aren’t too bad. Give yourself two hours to enjoy the sights and fresh air up top!

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Louis Edwards
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Rewarding views.

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Steve Maxwell
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This is always a nice trail and switchback workout. Today was really hot, but still enjoyable. This trail, as well as most others in the park, will close starting tomorrow due to fire dangers.

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Jack Wentzell
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Great views!

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Dennis Bellamy
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Kevin B
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Good views at the top, comparable to the high point in the park. There was a rattlesnake about halfway up the switchbacks on this trail

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Olivia Martin
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Amazing trail and viewpoint. The climb is steady for the first out of the trail then it levels out.

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Maria Uribe
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Great views, steady incline, all the ingredients of a great hike.

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Tom K
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May 2019 trip to Southwest, fourth visit to CO, last time was only year ago in summer. Day 11 Second longer visit, last was 22 years ago. Mine plan was going to Wetherhill Mesa but gate was closed. I am so glad for this trial! Only encounter few hikers was late afternoon. Fantastic views from two overlooks: To north can see small snowy range of La Plata Mountains.To west is vast Montezuna Valley with Cortez. But east views are just incredibly STUNNING!!! This is Mancos Valley (I stop at road overlook below already) with snowy peaks of vast San Juan’s Range (this was mine other secondary goal of trip not accomplished) and US-160 disappearing far into horizon. Mine whole trip second best panoramas!!! First was on Day 6 at Canyonlands Nat’l Park Island in the Sky District at Green River Overlook.

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April Conley
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The views at the end was worth every step! My 6and 9 year old did fine.

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Doug Steele
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This is a nice short hike with a great viewpoint at the end. Beautiful views and a handy way to get cell service as well if you camped at Morefield like we did. J/K, you can probably get a bar if you are at the amphitheater trailhead.

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Rebekah Taylor
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Beautiful hike! Steep switchbacks up to the top of the mesa, then a little scrubland until you reach an amazing vista. Worth every step! I didn’t see another person on the trail when I hiked it.

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Carina Fosse
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Short hike with a steep inclines and spectacular views. It was a little too much for my 70 year old mother in law with bad knees. The far view trail is best for those not in shape, but it's short, so worth a try.

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Sean Terrillion
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Bela Szabadi
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Drew Anderson
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Beautiful views at the end. Pretty steep at the beginning but it slowly flattens out, well worth it!

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Aaron Davis
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This trail was my highlight of Mesa Verde. The switchback trail up demands a little bit of effort but nothing leaving you gased. Took about 15 minutes up and then beautiful sites of the surroundings. Did this trail 4 times in two days couldn't get enough of the view.

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Ginger Anzelone
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We enjoyed this hike. The first part is steep but the switchbacks were fun. At the top I felt like I was in the NJ Pine Barrens! Go figure! Beautiful Fall day with foliage just a bit past peak.

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Eline Van Beest
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Great and fun narrow trail through the woods! Did it with our 1 and 4 year old who loved it.

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Hypsy Gypsy
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Easy, short hike that begins with a flat jaunt through thick green grasses and tall bushes filled with white flowers. Soon there after you go up a series of switch backs until you reach the top. The trail is well maintained, clear of brush, and there are rock steps and rock walls to help guide the way up. Yucca and mormon tea flowers bloomed everywhere. Once at the top, it gets flat again where you walk amongst junipers, yuccas, pine, and lupine to name a few plants. There are several points to step off trail for awesome vast views. This stretch goes for about 1/4 of a mile until you reach the end. Just before the very end, there is a huge open area to the right of the trail, where you can hang out at with stellar views to the north and east. A great meditation spot! Bring binoculars if you’ve got them too. We had the trail completely to ourselves on a Thursday in June. Not another soul, which is a rare and welcome treat since the national parks can get very busy during this time of year.

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