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Petroglyph Point Trail

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2.2 mile 3.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 428' 130 m
Descent: -169' -51 m
High: 6,957' 2,121 m
Low: 6,678' 2,035 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)


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A child-friendly route along Spruce Canyon to petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloans.

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Family Friendly Short distance, moderate grades, and partial shade all make for a pleasant hike with children.


While this route passes through some of the beautiful areas of Mesa Verde, the true highlight is viewing the petroglyphs at Petroglyph Point. Left by the Ancestral Puebloans, these relics are sure to capture the imaginations of visitors young and old alike.


The first half of the trail is mostly shaded, as it is located at the bottom of the canyon. Due to this location, there will be lots of loose, fine sand along the trail bed. Along the way, enjoy a trip through time as you pass a few small dwelling remnants that can be seen from a distance. While you're appreciating the remnants that humans left behind, take a moment to appreciate the unique sandstone features in the walls.

You'll reach the petroglyphs about halfway through the trail. This is a popular stopping point, and a great place to stop for a while.

After the Petroglyphs, you start your return journey. As you work your way out of the canyon, you'll be climbing stone steps, which can be big, but are flat and clear of debris.

Eventually, visitors will curve around to the top of the canyon wall and follow the rim back to the visitors center. Though the canyon is shaded and filled with history, the canyon rim offers wonderful views! The unobstructed desert views come at a cost, and there is little to no shade up here.

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Sep 13, 2019
Brian Roe
Aug 16, 2019
Scott Meier
Jul 30, 2019
Andrew Newland
2.2mi — 10h 00m
Jul 29, 2019
Maxx Dillon
Jul 23, 2019
Kara Wetzel
Jul 17, 2019
Sophie Bels
Fun! 2.2mi — 1h 30m
Jul 10, 2019
Hannah Witter
May 28, 2019
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Ancient ruins.
Mar 31, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
Petroglyphs on the Mesa Verde Petroglyph Point Trail.
Apr 14, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
Kmeg climbing out of one of the kivas. Love the immersive experience of the Spruce Tree House tour.
Apr 11, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
Shortly after passing the Petroglyphs, you'll climb these steps to get to the top of the Mesa.
Apr 18, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
View of the canyon from the top of the Petroglyph Point Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
Climbing back to the top of the mesa on the Petroglyph Point Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Towaoc, CO


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