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The Best Hiking in Cortez

Looking for the best hiking in Cortez? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Cortez. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Cortez

  • Cortez, Colorado

    Phil's World Mountain Bike Trail

    19.33 mi / 1732 ft gain
    Phil's World Mountain Bike Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cortez, Colorado.
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  • Cortez, Colorado

    Main, 2More, Trust and Hippy House Loop

    9.69 mi / 692 ft gain
    Main, 2More, Trust and Hippy House Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Cortez, Colorado.
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  • Mancos, Colorado

    Park Point Overlook Trail

    0.4 mi / 36 ft gain
    Park Point Overlook Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Explore the Far View Sites Complex

    4.5
    0.75 mi
    The Far View Community is located four miles north of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. In around 800 AD, the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in this area for several centuries. They mostly farmed the mesa tops, but were also hunters. It was one of the most densely populated regions of Mesa Ver...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Far View Sites Complex

    0.89 mi / 95 ft gain
    Far View Sites Complex is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
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  • Mancos, Colorado

    Hike the Knife Edge Trail

    2 mi / 20 ft gain
    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 yo...
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  • Mancos, Colorado

    Knife Edge Trail

    2 mi / 174 ft gain
    Knife Edge Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Vail, Colorado.
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  • Mancos, Colorado

    Hike Point Lookout Trail

    5.0
    2.3 mi / 400 ft gain
    This trail is located within Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park. The parking lot also serves as the parking lot for the amphitheater, so it's pretty huge - unless there's a program going on you shouldn't have to worry about finding a spot.  The trail starts out nice and level, facin...
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  • Mancos, Colorado

    Mesa Verde Point Lookout Trail

    2.09 mi / 482 ft gain
    Mesa Verde Point Lookout Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
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  • Mancos, Colorado

    Hike the Prater Ridge Trail

    7.3 mi / 1167 ft gain
    The Prater Ridge Trailhead is in the southwest corner of Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park. The trail is best used from spring to mid fall. The Prater Ridge Trail is a 7.3 mile loop. 
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  • Mancos, Colorado

    Prater Ridge Trail

    7.22 mi / 1037 ft gain
    Prater Ridge Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Long House Trail

    2.18 mi / 272 ft gain
    Long House Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Badger House Community Trail

    2.28 mi / 144 ft gain
    Badger House Community Trail is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
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  • Cortez, Colorado

    Explore Sand Canyon Pueblo

    0.8 mi
    The Sand Canyon Pueblo marks the northern point of the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, and connects south to the start of the Canyon of the Ancients Trail off Road G. The hike from the parking lot nearest to the pueblo is only 0.8 miles, and is reached on Road N, west of Cortez, Colorad...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike Nordenskiold Site No. 16 Trail

    2 mi
    This two mile round-trip trail leaves from the information kiosk near Long House and Step House, and leads through and area severely burned by the 2000 Pony Fire.  There's no shade on this trail, so if you are doing it during the hotter months, be sure to bring a lot of water and sun protection. ...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike to Long House and Step House at Mesa Verde National Park

    5.0
    3 mi / 130 ft gain
    This is a great opportunity to see two historic cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park within a relatively short period of time. Schedule your day around getting tickets to Long House, then taking a bit of a side trek to the Step House when you have the time. The tour begins at the Weatherhi...
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