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Petroglyph Point Trail

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2.2 mile 3.6 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

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

Grade

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

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Trail shared by Micah Bontrager

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

Micah Bontrager

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Overview

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.

Runner Notes

The trail and the area are both crowded most of the time, so go early if you want an unobstructed flow. Also, there is slippery sand and rocks at times, so be careful.

Description

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 1, 2016
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Photos

Ancient ruins.
Mar 31, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
Petroglyphs on the Mesa Verde Petroglyph Point Trail.
Apr 14, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
View of the canyon from the top of the Petroglyph Point Trail.
Apr 15, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
The path winds between and under boulders (Petroglyph Point Trail).
Dec 8, 2016 near Towaoc, CO
Dwellings.
Dec 31, 2015 near Towaoc, CO
View from the top of the kivas.
Dec 30, 2015 near Towaoc, CO

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