Petroglyph Point Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews
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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

hiking
3 days ago

Neato!!

5 days 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.

1 month ago

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

5 months ago

Awesome views and great history

hiking
6 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
7 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

It's a great trail with superb views.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

Beautiful canyon side trail!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Great petroglyphs at the far point of the loop. Trail is engaging the whole way out.

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

The third and final trail that we did while visiting the park. This was the longest, and was actually a nice trail. Amazing views and really cool petroglyphs.

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Good trail, fun for the teens and adults. But it was hot

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A blast to hike with my teenagers.

hiking
Saturday, February 06, 2016

Interesting, but I believe a moderate rating is achieved as an average, largely because the last half is nearly flat on top of the Mesa. The trail out to the petroglyphs is "interesting"

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Amazing hike with just enough climbing and scrambling to make it very fun! Still have enough energy afterwards to tour the cliff dwellings.

hiking
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spectacular views! One of our favorites!

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

Short, mostly flat trail with a little bit of scrambling through tight spots between rocks. Not terribly challenging, especially if you are lucky enough to get cooler weather. Nice short hike that can be done as an out-and-back just to the petroglyphs (marker #24), or as a loop. The views are gorgeous.

hiking
Friday, August 07, 2015

This is a nice little hike with great views and the ability to view ruins and petroglyphs close up. The hike back is at the top of the canyon and fairly easy. Bring water - it can get hot and it's high and dry. We saw a momma bear and her cub by the road on the way in - so keep an eye out for the wildlife. This trail is heavily used - so not likely there will be bears.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Great views and the thunderstorms were an added bonus!

hiking
Monday, May 11, 2015

Great views of Spruce Canyon. Cool petroglyphs. Lots of rocky stairs to climb.

hiking
Friday, November 28, 2014

I have hiked this trail many times as a Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park. It is likely the best trail at Mesa Verde due to some spectacular canyon views, interesting trail characteristics (particularly the up and down uneven stone steps at the beginning), archaeological features and short length (easy day hike). Take plenty of water and a snack to enjoy at the Petroglyphs. This trail is best hiked in the morning because the outbound leg (along the canyon face) is shaded. If hiked in the afternoon be prepared for direct (and intense) sunshine the entire way.

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