The Best Hiking in Mesa Verde National Park

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

Top hiking spots in and near Mesa Verde National Park

  • 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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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike the Farming Terraces Trail

    0.4 mi / 124 ft gain
    The Farming Terraces Trail is located in Mesa Verde National Park and is a quick hike (0.4 miles) and is perfect for families and people of all skill levels. The trail is best used from March until October. The trail takes approximately ~15 minutes to complete. 
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike the Spruce Canyon Trail

    5.0
    3.1 mi / 754 ft gain
    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 within Mesa Verde National Park. The trail is open...
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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

    Hike the Petroglyph Point Trail

    4.0
    2.7 mi / 698 ft gain
    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. 
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Petroglyph Point Trail

    2.55 mi / 387 ft gain
    Petroglyph Point 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

    Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

    1.26 mi / 135 ft gain
    Soda Canyon 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

    Hike the Soda Canyon Overlook Trail

    1.3 mi / 95 ft gain
    The Soda Canyon Overlook Trail is a relatively popular hike perfect for viewing Soda Canyon and Balcony House. This hike is perfect for families and people of all skill levels. Soda Canyon Overlook Trail is a 1.3 mile hike in Mesa Verde National Park.The trailhead is clearly marked, and is about ...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike the Cliff Palace Loop Trail

    5.0
    0.4 mi / 127 ft gain
    Tickets for this tour are $4 per person and are available at the visitor center near the entrance of the park. This tour is best taken from April to November. This hike features The milky way is often visible from the top of Mesa Verde at night.  This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbin...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Explore Balcony House

    5.0
    0.5 mi
    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. Once you get to the top of the ladder, the trail wil...
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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Balcony House Loop Trail

    0.41 mi / 16 ft gain
    Balcony House Loop 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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  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

    Hike the Badger House Community Trail

    1.5 mi / 65 ft gain
    The Badger House Community Trail is a 1.5 mile loop with minimal elevation gain. The Badger House Community Trail is a unique hike in Mesa Verde National Park as it goes along the top of a mesa, instead of heading down into a canyon.This trail is perfect for all skill levels and for families. The...
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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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