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Petroglyph Point Hike
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Owner description: A flat 3-mile hiking trail in Mesa Verde National Park.
Reviewed 10 July 2014

take this hike! it is a 2.5 mile loop, moderate. We did it early in the morning and were in the shade all of the way. Phenomenal views.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Great hike to some very cool petroglyphs. I went to Mesa Verde with my 67 yr old mom, I am 41, and she stayed back at Spruce Tree House and the Museum while I did this hike. It would have been too strenuous for her. For me, it was good. I am in moderate shape so I was a bit out of breathe and had to scramble but it was all worth it. The hike without the petroglyphs would be worth it -- stunning views the whole time. The petroglyphs are just the cherry on top. Very quiet hike, not a lot of people on the path. On you way to the petroglyphs you are about halfway up the canyon wall on the path. Path is pretty clear until you are scrambling up the rocks right after the petroglyphs and then you want to pay pretty close attention until you have leveled out at the top of the canyon and it is smooth sailing back. Took me about 2 1/2 hrs to do the entire loop. Felt great after. Bring lots of water. I did it in the morning and the first half was cool and shady but my noon when I was on the top of the canyon walls, there is no shade and very hot (in end of June). I highly recommend this hike if you are physically up to it. You do have to go from the bottom of the canyon up to the top so there is a steady elevation change. And you do have to scramble up rocks without any guardrails or protection but only for a little bit right after you've seen the petroglyphs.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Hike to the one panel of petroglyphs was not for the unfit. Much climbing up and down rock steps, dirt path. Must stay on path, you are up high. Took about an hour to the petroglyphs, but path back was on top of the mesa through pygmy forest, so much quicker and easier.

1  Thank Aftonrd
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

trail goes on side of canyon and then loops back to spruce house on top of Mesa. Mesa is not burned which provided some shade coming back

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

I did the Petroglyph Trail and have to warn anyone doing this 2.5mi loop, it is not for the faint of heart, small children, or people who are not in physical shape! Honestly, I thought about turning around less than half a mile into the trail! The views are gorgeous, but parts can get a bit perilous! The start of the trail is a long, slender slot between two boulders. There are also a lot of rocks to climb over and the trail is along the side of the mountain so you have to really watch where you are stepping, especially the higher you get. The petroglyph panel is about a 40min hike from the trailhead, and though it is just a small panel, the glyphs are especially well preserved (remember, no touching!). The loop back begins at the glyphs, but you have to kind of climb over this boulder (there are foot and hand holds). This is where I saw the few people on the trail turning back from. I did the full loop and actually recommend if it is extremely windy. This may seem counterintuitive, but the walk back along the rim is actually better and less treacherous than the initial climb and it is relatively flat the entire way back. You will definitely get your cardio on this trail, but if you don't have a fear of heights and keep your wits about you, the glyphs and views from 8,000ft are magnificent!

4  Thank Leila R
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