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blue Prater Ridge Trail

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Trail

7.5 mile 12.1 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 979' 298 m
Descent: -976' -298 m
High: 8,404' 2,561 m
Low: 7,737' 2,358 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Hunter R

Scenic ridge-top views of a stunning desert landscape make this trail a real treat.

Hunter R

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Overview

Enjoy fantastic views of Mesa Verde National Park's desert landscape as you travel along the Prater Ridge Trail.

Description

Starting at the southern end of the Morefield Campground, the trail climbs moderately for two miles before reaching the ridgeline. Atop the ridgeline, enjoy more relaxed trail gradients as you hike through verdant desert ground cover and standing dead trees, once-scorched by forest fire.

Be sure to slow down and enjoy the panoramic views available in many places along the ridgetop, as they are some of the best in the park!

For a shorter hike, the Prater Ridge Trail's outer loop can be cut short via the Prater Ridge Cutoff Trail located near the center of the loop.

Flora & Fauna

Abundant desert vegetation provides a stark contrast to standing dead trees along the trail.

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May 3, 2019
R Craig
The scenery is the same as from the road, which is always in sight. In May the trail had sticky mud in some places. Don't do it after rain.
Apr 21, 2019
Lauren Sully
Snow. So much snow. Was fun but we were worried about falling off the side of the mountain. 0.5mi
Sep 15, 2017
Marvin Williford
I hiked only the North Loop of this trail. 905' of elevation gain. Great views. I saw only one pair of hikers in 2.5 hours. 5.7mi — 2h 30m
May 12, 2017
Scott Crammond
9mi
Apr 26, 2017
Chelsey Leffet
With lauren. 7.8
Sep 18, 2016
Sarah McClure

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  4.0 from 4 votes

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