Petroglyph Point Hike156 Votes
- Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330, USA, United States
- Phone: +1-9705294465
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Trail, Family And Kids
Bing the second longest trail at the Mesa Verde National Park, the Petroglyph Point Trail extends for 2.8 miles and offers fabulous views of the Spruce and Navajo canyons. This particular trail is the only trail in the park with petroglyphs and is also the only trail that can be explored without a guided tour. The loop covers the Spruce Tree House that is the 3rd largest cliff dwelling at the national park and passes through a ravine before reaching the part where the pathway forks between the two canyons to later reach the rim and the plateau sections. The elevation change from the start to the end is a mere 500 feet but you are spoilt with beautiful views of the mountains and the valleys that cannot be seen from anywhere else in the park.
The Petroglyph Point consists of a 20-feet wide panel that bears ancient hand prints, depictions of animals, a number of geometric shapes and spiral icons. The hike is interesting with wildflowers and small shrubs adding some greenery to the otherwise monotone terrain and the fact that you can get so close to ancient Petroglyphs without a glass in between, makes this a little bit challenging but memorable experience.
Petroglyph Point Hike Travel Tips
- Carry bottled drinking water and snacks.
- Wear study shoes and sunscreen.
Entrance Ticket Details For Petroglyph Point Hike
For prices of ranger-guided tours: call up the place.
Admission Fee to the park for private vehicles (valid for 7 days):
- January 2 - April 30, 2018; November 1 - December 31, 2018 Fee: $ 15.00
- May 1 - October 31, 2018 Fee: $ 20.00
Admission Fee to the park for Motorcycle (valid for 7 days):
- January 2 - April 30, 2018; November 1 - December 31, 2018 Fee: $ 10.00
- May 1 - October 31, 2018 Fee: $ 15.00
Admission Fee to the park for every Bicyclist and Individual (valid for 7 days):
- January 2 - April 30, 2018; November 1 - December 31, 2018 Fee: $ 7.00 per person
- May 1 - October 31, 2018 Fee: $ 10.00 per person
Mesa Verde Annual Pass: USD 40
Admission fee to the park for Non-Commercial Group (based on vehicle capacity) January 2 - April 30, 2018; November 1 - December 31, 2018: valid for 7 days
- Less than 16 people: USD 15 per vehicle
- 16-25 people: USD 7 per person (cannot exceed over USD 100)
- 26 or more people: USD 7 per person (not to exceed USD 200)
Admission Fee to the park for Non-Commercial Group (based on vehicle capacity): May 1 – October 31, 2018: valid for 7 days
- Less than 16 people: USD 20 per vehicle
- 16-25 people: USD 10 per person (cannot exceed over USD 100)
- 26 or more people: USD 10 per person (not to exceed USD 200)
Petroglyph Point Hike Hours
- For opening and closing hours of the trail and for tour hours, call up the place.
- The park is open 24 hours a day from 365 days a year.
How to Reach Petroglyph Point Hike
- By renting a Bicycle. (the park accepts application for bike rentals)
- By renting a Car.
- You need to hike/ walk around the place to reach various spots around the park.
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Petroglyph Point Hike Reviews & Ratings
The most fun trail we did in Colorado. You definitely will need to use your hands. It feels way longer than 2.5 miles.
Rock climbing is included This trail offers some gorgeous views. I am very afraid of heights and to ascend to the mesa top portion of the trail, some light rock climbing is required. FYI, I just did a turn around loop instead of the full loop. My husband and I both had good hiking boots and brought along backpacks that included water, snacks, first-aid, etc... I did enjoy the hike and the views, but I would have thought twice if the description included the rock climbing portion. Full disclosure, the booklet states a 2 1/2 mile loop, this was closer to 4 miles RT.
One of the most interesting hikes ever if you are into geology, rocks and land formations.
Trail with overwhelming views. Get the small booklet at the museum for a self guided tour. 34 stations, almost all pointing out vegetation. The trail is uneven with stairs that could be called traps but look closer and you marvel at some steps hewn directly out of the sandstone. Pretty quickly I felt like a Pueblo dweller making my way along the steep edge of the cliff. Some narrows, where I had to take off my backpack and the stairs leading back up are steep and will suck the air out of most people not used to hiking at 7000 feet. A must for everybody who likes hiking. Feels wonderful to escape the throngs of fellow tourists and explore on your own. We met only one couple on the entire hike on a Saturday in mid June.
Beautiful trail, excellent views, and a moderate hike! We had a great experience. We went to three guided tours before hiking this trail and it was nice to recognize, and know a little of the background history of the area before walking this trail. It was also nice to be able to go at our own pace without other park visitors hiking with us. We enjoyed using the trail guide to identify different plants, and identify the petroleum. Overall just a really great experience!! Highly recommended!!