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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.

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Petroglyph Point Hike, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

If you can only hike one trail while in Mesa Verde National Park then Petroglyph Point Trail is the one to pick! Three of my grandchildren (ages 16, 13,and 10) and I visited Mesa... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Carolina, Rhode Island
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Carolina, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you can only hike one trail while in Mesa Verde National Park then Petroglyph Point Trail is the one to pick! Three of my grandchildren (ages 16, 13,and 10) and I visited Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado in August. We are not hikers but wanted to do a little hiking to take in the views, check out the cliff... More 

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The three-mile Petroglyph Trail was a hiking-boot trail for certain. Before beginning the hike, we purchased a trail guide that was useful in identifying trees and shrubs along the way. The first half of the trail involved three narrow passages that might trap hikers of excessive girth; we both traversed the passages safely. After what seemed an interminable time to... More 

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This hike was a bit challenging for me, but not difficult. The trail dips into the canyon, crosses to the other side, and begins to climb toward the ridge, which seems high above. After a couple of narrow spots, all of a sudden the petroglyphs are there! Easily visible, a few feet above the trail. The return to the trailhead... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

This was a very enjoyable hike to see a big wall full of interesting petroglyphs. I chose to do a loop as opposed to out and back. For me it was not a challenging hike but I am an avid hiker. There was a lot of changes in the scenery which I appreciated.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

This hike was a loop throughout the park. It was listed as strenuous but I found it easily doable. I was disappointed that there were only a couple petroglyphs on the hike- was a bit anticlimactic. My partner enjoyed the walk much more but I would have rather spent my time driving the Mesa top loop as I found that... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

this is a challenging hike for me but very enjoyable. there is a point just past the petroglyphs that requires some climbing on all fours to get up. still a great southwest hike with all the interesting and beautiful plants and trees. you do need to check in with the rangers near the museum before starting on the hike.

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Washington State
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Lots of cut-stone steps require plenty of exertion on this interesting hike. Pick up a brochure for a small donation; it will help you understand the geology, plant life, and way of living you will see along the way. Trail is exceptionally well marked but according to my fitness app significantly longer than the 2.4 miles indicated. The petroglyphs are... More 

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Woodlyn, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Depending on far you want to go up steps, there are quite a few petroglyphs that you can see and take photos. However, you can see many of them from the paths.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

2.4 mile loop begin from Spruce Tree House trail. 1.4 miles from the trail head. Reached largest petroglyph panel, then climbs to the mesa top with views of Spruce and Navajo Canyons as it returns to the museum. You could choose the 1.4 miles or 2.4 mile loop. The trail was strenuous at times and it is advisable to wear... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I thought this hike would never end! Lol it was great though! Very strenuous at times on the first half of the loop, but the views were amazing!! We saw a rabbit run right across the path. Took tons of pics. After you reach the petroglyphs, which were really cool to see, the worst is almost over. The second half... More 

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