Hiking Trails

Chapin Mesa Trails

Petroglyph Point Trail 2.4 miles
Begins from the Spruce Tree House trail, and continues below the edge of the plateau to a petroglyph panel, makes a climb to the top of the mesa and returns via the rim to the museum. This trail provides views of Spruce and Navajo Canyons and is the only trail in the park to view petroglyphs. Gate access to trail is only available when Spruce Tree House is open. Please contact a ranger for times the gate is open. Trail guide available. Registration required. Trail Map

Spruce Canyon Trail 2.4 miles
Begins from the Spruce Tree House trail, follows the bottom of Spruce Tree Canyon, turns up Spruce Canyon, and returns to the museum via the picnic area. Gate access to this trail is only available when Spruce Tree House is open. Please contact a ranger for times the gate is open. Registration required. Trail Map

Soda Canyon Overlook Trail 1.2 miles
Begins one mile north of the Balcony House parking area along the Cliff Palace Loop Road. The trail is an easy walk to the canyon edge and offers views of Balcony House and other archeological sites along Soda Canyon. Trail Map

Farming Terrace Trail .5 miles
Beginning and ending on the spur road to Cedar Tree Tower, this 1/2 mile loop leads to a series of prehistoric check dams built by the Ancestral Puebloans to create farming terraces.

Wetherill Mesa Trails

Nordenskiold Site No. 16 Trail 1 mile
This trail offers a leisurely stroll on the quietest trail in Mesa Verde, and leads to an overlook of Nordenskiold Site No. 16. The 2000 Pony Fire severely burned this area. As a result, there is no shade available along the trail. Trail guide available. Trail Map

All Wetherill Mesa Trails

Morefield Campground Trails

Prater Ridge Trail 7.8 miles
Begins on the west end of Morefield Campground. The trail ascends Prater Ridge and follows a loop around the top of the ridge, returning via the same route. A cut-off trail can be taken which shortens the trail to five miles. Trail Map

Knife Edge Trail 2 miles
The trail follows a section of the old Knife Edge Road, from the northwest corner of Morefield Campground towards the Montezuma Valley Overlook. This trail provides good views of Montezuma Valley and is an excellent place to watch a sunset. Trail guide available. Trail Map

Point Lookout Trail 2.2 miles
The trail switchbacks up the back side of Point Lookout and traverses the top of the mesa. This trail provides excellent views of both Montezuma and Mancos valleys, as well as the surrounding countryside. Trail Map

Mesa Verde Information

  • Special Tours for Photographers
    Special Tours for Photographers
    Mesa Verde Park Staff is offering two special tours for Summer 2017! There will be four special sunrise tours of Balcony House and Twilight Tours of Cliff Palace everyday May 26 – Sept 9. These tours will offer a unique oppoerunity to capture these spectacular cliff...
  • Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    Petroglyph Point Trail Hike
    The Petroglyph Point Trail is a lovely excursion for the active bunch to do while visiting Mesa Verde. The 2.4 mile trail is a good activity to do during the heat of the day. The majority of the trail and most strenuous part is shaded, ending...
  • Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    Step House on Wetherill Mesa
    This self-guided tour of Step House on Wetherill Mesa is quick and accessible from the trail, 3/4 mile in length that loops the dwelling. We recommend doing this either at the beginning or end of the day due to the high sun exposure of the trail...

Park Alerts

  • Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House Temporarily Closed
    Spruce Tree House, an iconic self-guided cliff dwelling in the heart of Chapin Mesa, is unfortunately CLOSED for the unforeseeable future due to concerns about rock fall. It can still be viewed from the Museum overlook....
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