Mesa Verde National Park

Step House

Pithouse, Petroglyphs and Cliff Dwelling A 100ft (30m) descent and ascent on a winding path. Total walking distance, 3/4-mile (1.2km) round-trip. Allow 45 minutes to one hour. Trail begins near the Wetherill Mesa ...

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Badger House Trail

Trail to Four Mesa Top Sites The 2.5 mile (4km) trail to Badger House Community surface sites begins at Wetherill Mesa Kiosk. Combination gravel and paved trail. If you prefer, take the tram to or from the Badger House tram stop and shorten the trail to 1.5 ...

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Prater Ridge Trail

Prater Ridge Trail 7.8 miles, round-trip 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. Natural History: Changes in ...

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Knife Edge Trail

Knife Edge Trail 2 miles, round-trip 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. Cultural History: ...

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Point Lookout Trail

Point Lookout Trail 2.2 miles, round-trip 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. Directions Directions from Morefield Campground: Point Lookout Trailhead is in the northern ...

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Petroglyph Point Trail

Petroglyph Point Trail 2.4 miles, round-trip 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 ...

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Spruce Canyon Trail

Spruce Canyon Trail 2.4 miles, round-trip 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 ...

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Far View Visitor Center

Tickets for cliff dwelling tours (Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House) are purchased here. Bookstore and restrooms are located at the visitor center. The Far View Lodge, restaurant, cafeteria, and gift shop are located near the visitor center. Open: Mid-April to mid-October, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed: Mid-October to ...

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Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

Soda Canyon Overlook Trail 1.2 miles, round-trip 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. Natural History: The trail goes ...

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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

The museum displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Puebloan life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral Puebloan culture, and other items related to the park. Open All Year January to early April, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Early April to early October, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm October to ...

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