Petroglyph Point Trail

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Mesa Verde National Park

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 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

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Note: The trails are opened however the Spruce Tree House is CLOSED till 2020. Please check with the park page for more information.

hiking
8 days ago

The trail is open. Nice hike, great views. Lots to see along the trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike- fairly easy, with amazing views. Love the scenery and got some great photos.

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely trail. Surprisingly pretty. Really quite pretty. The petroglyphs were ok, but the scenery was really top notch. Very worthwhile hike.

hiking
6 months ago

I agree with the previous reviewer that said these aren’t the most impressive petroglyphs. That being said, still a nice little trail and the hike out of the petroglyphs is not nearly as hard as some reviews suggested, certainly not a “technical climb”. It’s steep, but there are steps you can use.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

This trail is the best bang for your buck in the park, in my opinion. Pick up an interpretative guidebook at the museum before heading out and you will learn about plants, geology, and the petroglyphs. There are several areas where you must scramble through/up rocks which made it very fun but might not be everyone's cup of tea.

Go right from museum. Great hike along cliff over rocks. Last mile is level and on gravel. Moderate on side cliff. Easy on rim

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

Beautiful nature trip, specially if you grab one of guide books. The petroglyphs are nice, but there are better locations in the Southwest for them. The vistas are vast. Be aware, the scrabble right after the petroglyphs is very hard. I helped two people up who otherwise would not have made it

hiking
7 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. The journey to the petroglyphs is fantastic. A few narrow spots, but great views and historical sites. Once you scramble up and out of the site, the trail turns into a gravel path back to the museum.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing self guided trail. Glad to do it in the fall when it's a bit cooler. There are some steep, uneven steps to be aware of if you have knee issues or don't like heights.

hiking
rocky
washed out
8 months ago

Technical climbing to the petroglyphs. Return journey all covered with graveled path.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Great trail if you’re looking for a challenging hike with interesting views of the geology of the region along with historical petroglyphs. It’s a gasser in spots though, be ready to use your hands and feet for some short bursts of climbing. Sun and shade, our temps were in the 70s and very pleasant:

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Honestly one of my favorite trails I have ever been on. The scenery is incredible. It feels like you're on an adventure the whole time as you're skirting the base of a massive cliff in search of petroglyphs! There's many places to stop and explore along the way. I personally felt that the petroglyphs were incredible, and the scramble after them not too difficult. Once you get to the top of the mesa it's a nice easy walk back to the visitor center.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

A really fun trail with beautiful views, some very limited scrambles and you can pick up a trail guide at the Visitor Center to read at each of the 30 plus stops along the way. This provides interesting information about the various trees and plants and how these were used by individuals who inhabited this area. The petroglyphs are the highlight of the hike and are well worth taking the time to hike this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Our favorite hike in Mesa Verde! The terrain was rocky and difficult at times but the views and petroglyphs were worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great hike, we went the opposite way you were supposed to which we liked better. The first have for us was paved or gravel path and then the second half was more natural paths. Everything was so cool. You can see old structures on this path and see the petroglyphs which are super cool. Great hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. The upper portion was graveled and fairly flat. It got exciting on lower portion of trail. Cool sites and just thinking about the history of this place is wonderful.

hiking
9 months ago

Short and sweet. Good for sealevelers acclimatizing. Amazing views plus how many times can you see Petroglyphs on a hike!

hiking
9 months ago

This ranger-recommended trail was described as adventuresome and that was appropriate. With of narrow passages between rocks, massive overhangs and lots of steep, stone steps this trail a lot of fun before you added the search for cliff dwellings and petroglyphs. The last bit going back does require a scramble with foot and hand holds carved in the rock but it isn’t too difficult. The last mile or so is level and through a forested area.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Really neat trail! The views were out of this world. The petroglyphs are a lot farther than I had anticipated but absolutely beautiful walk to reach them.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

Great views of the canyon! Also, the petroglyphs are very clear and definitely worth seeing.

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