Top Adventures in Mancos

  • Camp at Morefield Campground

    Morefield Campground is located 4 miles inside of Mesa Verde National Park. There are 267 sites in the campground, and it has tent-only loops. There are also 15 full-hookup RV sites, with many more able to fit RVs. Reservations are recommended, bu...

  • Hike Point Lookout Trail

    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...

    2.3 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike the Prater Ridge Trail

    The Prater Ridge Trailhead is in the southwest corner of Morefield Campground. The trail is best used from spring to mid fall. The Prater Ridge Trail is a 7.3 mile loop.  Photos: Justin Kern and Daniel Weber

    7.3 miles 1167 ft gain

  • Hike the Knife Edge Trail

    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...

    2 miles 20 ft gain

  • Explore Park Point in Mesa Verde National Park

    The Park Point Trail is the highest point in Mesa Verde National Park, and being close to the four corners, you can see for hundreds of miles in every direction on a clear day. It's a very short walk from the car, and there are several nice lookou...

  • Summit Centennial Peak in the La Plata Mountains via Sharkstooth Trailhead

    From the western end of the town of Mancos, follow CR 42 north until it enters the national forest and becomes FR 561. Go right on FR 350 and keep right at any junctions (there are two of them) until you reach the signed Sharkstooth Trailhead abou...

    6 miles 2162 ft gain

  • Explore the Far View Sites Complex

    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...

    0.75 miles

  • Hike the Farming Terraces Trail

    The Farming Terraces Trail is located in Mesa Verde National Park. The trail is best used from March until October. The trail takes approximately ~15 minutes to complete.  Photos: Anthony Quintano and Kristi Kirschner 

    0.4 miles 124 ft gain

  • Hike the Spruce Canyon Trail

    The Spruce Canyon trail is very well taken care of. The trail begin with a descent into Spruce Tree Canyon and then follows a stream for 3/4 of a mile before climbing a side canyon back up to the ridge. The trailhead is located on the Chapin Mesa ...

    3.1 miles 754 ft gain

  • Hike the Petroglyph Point Trail

    Pick up a trail brochure for information on the interpretive signs. There are some steep and narrow portions of the trail, so make sure everyone in your party is of able physical capability.  Photos: Fine Plan and Four Corners School of the Outdoors 

    2.7 miles 698 ft gain

  • Hike the Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

    The trailhead is clearly marked, and is about 1/4 miles past the Balcony House parking lot. The trail is best used from April to October, and features a river.  Photos: Jacqueline Poggi and Ron Cogswell 

    1.3 miles 95 ft gain

  • Explore Balcony House

    Starting at the trail head at 7,000 feet, you will head down the trail until you get to the cliff dwellings. There will be a wooden ladder you will have to climb, a recreation of the ladder used hundreds of years ago by the tribes living there. On...

    0.5 miles

  • Summer, a season not to be missed in Aspen!

    "I came for the winter, and stayed for the summer," is a phrase you'll often hear around town. The weather is one of the highlights. During the day the temperature hovers in the 70's and 80's, and by evening the mercury will drop into the 60's. Aspen is a place to explore and a place to recharge. Breathe in the crisp mountain air while you discover our wide-open spaces by footbike, or horse. Restore your mind, body and spirit as you reconnect with nature and loved ones in Aspen’s great outdoors. Join us for a summer adventure that’s anything but ordinary.

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