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Mancos, Colorado

Hike the Knife Edge Trail

2 Miles Total - 20 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally 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! 

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Photography
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Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
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Wildflowers

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