Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

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Soda Canyon Overlook Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
59 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Directions from Park Headquarters: Clearly marked trailhead about 1/4 miles past the Balcony House parking lot.

hiking
15 days ago

Short hike out to view the cliff dwellings with a toddler. Also spotted a black bear in the creek below us which was really neat!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk for some pretty views. Overall not as scenic.

hiking
2 months ago

Quick and easy walk to the lookout point with some great views of the mesa. Pretty straight forward and flat, parking at the trailhead and not many people on the trail, which separates into a small loop towards the end.

3 months ago

Quick trail and you can see the cliff dwellings.

3 months ago

Nice flat trail. Not very long. Great views. Saw a rattlesnake during our hike so be careful.

3 months ago

Vey easy trail, would not even call it a hike. Awesome view of Balcony House and the canyon, not much else. Should take around a half hour to complete.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice views at the end of the trail. Bring your binoculars!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy out and back trail. Not much along the trail itself. A little up and down but not much. The view is so-so if you've just seen Cliff Palace, which we did so these ruins were not as spectacular. Then, some views of the canyons.

5 months ago

This hike is pretty easy, and it took less than 30 minutes. It has a good lookout to some of the dwellings.

hiking
10 months ago

Super easy nice views of the dwellings. 20-30 min hike.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

great views of Balcony House! not too much of a hike though, can for sure do this with kids

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Nice easy hike with views of the canyon and Balcony House. As always, it gets hot, so bring water.

Monday, June 05, 2017

nice, easy loop with several canyon overlooks. my wife was in the Balcony cliff dwelling tour, so i was able to see her from one of this hike's overlooks. i was a little under the weather for a long hike, and this one was good for me.

walking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Really good views of Balcony House. Easy trail but not paved.

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Nice easy trail with some very nice views.

hiking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Nice easy trail, well marked, beautiful views. I broke in my new hiking boots on this trail!

hiking
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Easy trail that offers great views of Soda Canyon, and of Balcony House

hiking
Thursday, October 03, 2013

This is a very easy trail in to an overlook where you can see the length of Soda Canyon. The best part was viewing Balcony House. We had toured Balcony House the day before and it was great to get pictures looking into the house. Also able to get pictures of the ladders to climb into and out of the Balcony House.

hiking
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Great view of Balcony house on an easy trail

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