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Farming Terrace Trail

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 3.6 (5)

A short trail leading visitors to farming terraces built by the Ancestral Puebloans.


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0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

Loop

7,100' 2,164 m

High

6,982' 2,128 m

Low

117' 36 m

Up

118' 36 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy seeing and learning about the stepped terraces of the Ancestral Puebloans.

Description

Follow the Farming Terrace Trail for a glimpse into the agricultural engineering prowess of the Ancestral Puebloans.

In an effort to decrease water runoff and increase the farmable land in this area, the Ancestral Puebloans created stepped terraces, which are still intact and visible today.


Be sure to bring water with you on this trail, as there is limited shade along the way.

Flora & Fauna

Keep your eyes peeled for hummingbirds and lizards along the trail.

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Hunter R

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  3.6 from 5 votes

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Along the trail, you can see how the early inhabitants terraced the land to conserve water and grow crops.
Jul 12, 2021 near Towaoc, CO
Looking at the opposite hillside, you can get a sense of how challenging it can be for various plants to survive in this environment.
Jul 12, 2021 near Towaoc, CO
The trail provides a great view of the hillsides in Mesa Verde.
Jul 12, 2021 near Towaoc, CO

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Mar 21, 2021
Jeff Weber
Cool little terrace farming area. 0.2mi — 12h 21m
Sep 5, 2019
Rich Leicht
Aug 16, 2019
Scott Meier
Jun 11, 2019
Craig Whippo
0.4mi — 0h 30m
Sep 21, 2018
Leah Rawdon
0.5mi — 0h 39m
Sep 15, 2018
Lisa VdBergh
May 29, 2018
Thomas Barrett
0.4mi
Nov 11, 2017
Leroy Mendoza