Petroglyph Point Trail

MODERATE 95 reviews
#1 of 18 trails in

Petroglyph Point Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 March until November.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

9 hours ago

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

12 days ago

Amazing trail with beautiful views

15 days ago

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.

18 days ago

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

27 days ago

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

30 days ago

Lovely trail! I love the views.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Not tons of petroglyphs. There is a little bit of squeezing through rocks and there are some steps, so if you're way out of shape and it's a hot day and you're not used to high elevation, maybe skip this one. I did see some bear tracks in the mud on the upper part of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Neato!!

2 months ago

This was a cool hike if you want to hike in Mesa Verde, but we were expecting the petroglyphs to take up much more space. The hike itself was nice though. It is a loop trail. The first half is pretty moderate, but the second half I would say is pretty easy. If we get the chance to go back to Mesa Verde, we probably would choose a different hike with different views.

3 months ago

A little challenging with the rock terrain at times but lots to see. The petroglyphs were fascinating!

7 months ago

Awesome views and great history

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Enjoyed the hike. I like petroglyphs and was somewhat disappointed when we arrived at the location of these on the trail. I guess I just expected a bit more.
A bit of rock scrambling just past the petroglyphs to get back up to the canyon rim, but not too difficult. Seemed a bit odd, however, as steps had been cut into the rocks on the rest of the trail, just not here.
Remember to take water with you.

hiking
11 months ago

Completed counterclockwise with family, including 13 and 10 year olds. Kids really liked the hike, stopping on their own to enjoy the panoramic views. Hot and dry (mid July), bring H2O! 4 stars instead of 5 as the flat last 3/4 mile at the top was kind of boring after the previous 2 miles of hiking on the cliff side.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a fun hike! It starts at the top of the canyon and winds its way down and around the canyon walls to the highlight of the trail - original petroglyphs carved by the Ancient Puebloan People. Along the way, you'll climb in and over boulders and see some breathtaking views. After the carvings, the trail goes up - a little easy rock climbing - to the top of the canyon. Once there, the hike is easy, but HOT as there's not much shade from the strong summer sun. Make sure to bring lots of water!

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Beautiful views, fun climbs/hiking. Felt longer than 3 miles in afternoon heat. Don't forget your camera! Teen kids really enjoyed it.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

It's a great trail with superb views.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

A lot of rock steps and two places where there was a rock to climb. Interesting trail.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Amazing hike/boulder climbing! The views on every step and turn are breathtaking! The petroglyphs are the cherry on top of this rewarding and refreshing hike.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful canyon side trail!

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful canyon side trail!

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

very rewarding for the amount of effort.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

We arrived at the Park and had a couple of hours to kill before our guided tours of Cliff Palace and Balcony House, so we decided to do the Petroglyph Point Trail. This was a great introduction to the terrain and flora of the Park. There are some narrow spots, but ledges are all safe, and the climax of the hike is getting to the petroglyphs. After that there is a short, but steep ascent back up to the rim of the canyon. From there, it is an easy jaunt back to the trailhead and view of the Spruce Tree House. Be sure to pick up a trail brochure as there are interpretive signs that can be very informative.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

So beautiful and a pretty easy hike. Some of the most beautiful views and very humbling. The trail says moderate difficulty when you're at the park but it's easy. Just be aware it's not appropriate for all children as the trail right after the petroglyphs consists of climbing up the rocks on steps crudely built into the rocks on the side of the mountain. I'm afraid of heights and did this trail no problem but wouldn't have brought my 13 & 9 year old boys on this one. It's just too steep.

Load More