Prater Ridge Cutoff

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 81330

Elevation Gain70ft
Trailhead Elevation8,207ft
Elevation Min/Max8137/8207ft
Elevation Start/End8207/8207ft

Prater Ridge Cutoff

Prater Ridge Cutoff is a hiking trail in Montezuma County, Colorado. It is within Mesa Verde National Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 8,207 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 70 feet. This trail connects with the following: Prater Ridge Trail.

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Hiking the Four Corners (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"The Prater Ridge Trail in Mesa Verde National Park is a great half-day hike that offers something a little different from what you’d expect in the park. The park is known for its numerous ruins, but you won’t find any on this hike. Instead, the trail climbs high and offers great views of the park and the surrounding area as it travels along Prater Ridge."

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Trail Information

Mesa Verde National Park
Nearby City
Mesa Verde National Park
Skill Level
Mesa Verde National Park, PO Box 8, Mesa Verde, CO 81330; (970) 5294465;
Local Contacts
USGS: Moccasin Mesa, CO; trail map available at the visitor center
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