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Prater Ridge Trail

Intermediate
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Trail

7.5 mile 12.1 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
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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Scenic ridge-top views of a stunning desert landscape make this trail a real treat.

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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 run 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 run, 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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Fall colors near high point of Prater Ridge Trail.
Nov 25, 2016 near Mancos, CO

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