Petroglyph Point Trail

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 81330

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain860ft
Trailhead Elevation6,941ft
Top6,964ft
Elevation Min/Max6662/6964ft
Elevation Start/End6941/6941ft

Petroglyph Point Trail

Petroglyph Point Trail is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 6,941 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 860 feet. The Chapin Mesa Museum (elevation 6,959 feet) museum and the Mesa Verde National Park Chief Ranger's Office (elevation 6,959 feet) and Mesa Verde National Park Headquarters (elevation 6,952 feet) public buildings are near the trailhead. There is also an information. This trail connects with the following: Spruce Canyon Trail and Spruce Tree House Self-Guiding Tour Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Among Mesa Verde National Park’s chief attractions are its impressive cliff dwellings, which were constructed during the thirteenth century. Counted among the largest such ancient structures in the Southwest, these classic sites are enjoyed by hundreds and even thousands of visitors each summer day. Offering a considerably less-crowded look at some of the park’s other archaeological resources is the hike to Petroglyph Point. Awaiting hikers at the far end of this loop trail is a panel of exquisite rock art that dates back several hundred years."
"While most tourists visit the large cliff dwellings found here, a hike to Petroglyph Point takes you away from the crowds and into one of the major canyons within Mesa Verde National Park. Its terminus is a large panel of petroglyphs, chipped and pecked through exterior desert varnish to the light sandstone beneath by thirteenth century Puebloans."
Best Easy Day Hikes the Four Corners (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, 600 of which are cliff dwellings. The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved on the entire North American continent. The Petroglyph Point Trail in Mesa Verde National Park gives hikers a little bit of everything that the park has to offer. Hikers choosing this adventure will see some of the classic cliff dwellings that the park is known for, a beautiful petroglyph panel, and stunning views of the canyons and mesas in the park."
Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
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"On this loop trail, hikers discover how prehistoric American Indians fulfilled their needs for food, shelter, and clothing while living in the high desert canyons of the Southwest."
Hiking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise
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"This hike takes you below the rim of Spruce Tree Canyon along a self-guided trail, up and down various steps, between huge rocks, through skinny cracks, to a wonderful petroglyph panel. Petroglyph Point, unfortunately misnamed Pictograph Point on topo maps, is the largest and best-known group of petroglyphs in Mesa Verde National Park. The hike gives you a glimpse of what it was like to live in this area, including climbing up a little cliff using big toeholds and handholds, much larger than the Ancestral Puebloans used."
Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"Adventure-seekers will love this ruggedly gorgeous hike with many fascinating features, including a visit to Mesa Verde’s best-preserved cliff dwelling and a panel of rock art. Hardly a hidden gem, this is a popular hike in a popular national park. The near-universal reaction of the tourists who attempt to hike this loop is fascinoyance. What’s fascinoyance, you ask? Fascinoyance is the perfect combination of two seemingly exclusive emotions, fascination and annoyance. On the Petroglyph Point Trail loop, people expect the fascination. There is much here that fascinates."
Hiking the Four Corners (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"The Petroglyph Point Trail in Mesa Verde National Park gives hikers a little bit of everything that the park has to offer. Hikers choosing this adventure will see some of the classic cliff dwellings that the park is known for, a beautiful petroglyph panel, and stunning views of the canyons and mesas in the park. Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, 600 of which are cliff dwellings. The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best-preserved on the entire North American continent."

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Trail Information

Mesa Verde National Park
Nearby City
Mesa Verde National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Mesa Verde National Park, (970) 529-4465, www.nps.gov/meve
Local Contacts
Topo, Moccasin Mesa, CO; Durango/Cortez #144
Local Maps