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For those looking to shake up their cliff dwelling experience at Mesa Verde, Petroglyph Point offers visitors a chance to hike headfirst into the written history of the Ancestral Puebloans.

Petroglyphs are an ancient symbol-driven writing style that the Ancestral Puebloans used in an attempt to pass on their oral tradition. While the Ancestral Puebloan scribes could read the narrative their glyphs told, over time the original story has been lost. As a result, petroglyph experts have debated the meaning of these etchings throughout modern time.

In the contemporary view of one Hopi elder, the petroglyphs at Petroglyph Point represent the pilgrimage of two tribes, the Eagle Clan and the Mountain Sheep Clan, from their dwellings in the area to a place near the Grand Canyon, where they believed their ancestors had climbed to the surface from their refuge in the earth below.

Short Hike: The petroglyphs are located approximately 1 mile from the parking area along the Petroglyph Point Trail.

Family Friendly: This gem is a great destination for families with children! Children will love to see the rock-writings of an ancient people and make their own interpretation of their meaning.

Gem Type: Prehistoric Site

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Hunter R

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Sep 17, 2022
Adam L
May 3, 2022
Matt Culpepper
Nice panel, even better canyon hike.
Jun 14, 2020
Joan Sheets
Oct 15, 2019
Sarah Beth
Aug 24, 2019
Tom Herr
Meandering hike through canyon to get to petroglyph panel. Many ruins along the way. Trail ascends out of the Canyon for an easy walk back.
Aug 7, 2019
Tanya Gasner
Hot day, but beautiful hike!
May 16, 2019
Abby Andersen
Mar 3, 2019
Alyssa Roberts
Oct 2016 with Scott and Catherine

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