Hike the Knife Edge Trail

Knife Edge Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Haley Baker

A short but sweet hike that leaves directly from the campground in Mesa Verde National Park. Knife Edge is a perfect place to catch the sunset!

The Knife Edge Trail leaves from a small parking lot located in Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park. It's definitely an easy trail, but it is perfect for the entire family. It offers an unhindered view westward, so it is a prime place to catch the sunset in the park, especially if you're staying at the campground. 

The trail starts out in a grassy meadow but quickly opens up to expansive views of the valley with the giant Mesas on three sides of you. From the turn-around point in the trail, you can see Utah in the distance.

Be on the lookout for wildlife while hiking, there are snakes and lizards and horny toads abundant on this path! The campground is also a popular place for mule deer to congregate, so you might see one or two or six of those closer to the trailhead. 

There's only a little shade on the trail, so if you're hiking during the day make sure you wear sunscreen and bring along some water! 

Distance

2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

20 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

Nearby Lodging

From $129/night

Far View Lodge

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Cortez / Mesa Verde KOA

Cortez, Colorado

Durango KOA

Durango, Colorado

Durango North / Riverside KOA

Durango, Colorado

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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