While visiting familiar places, I sometimes have a habit of keeping my camera tucked away. This is what happened during my most recent trip to Mesa Verde National Park, aside from a few iPhone captures.
I have had the pleasure of driving the scenic entrance road six times, always wearing a huge smile. Each visit offers quiet hikes, stunning views of cliff dwellings and distant snow capped mountains.
Photographs from my first visit are shared here.
Favorite Hikes + Places to Explore
- Knife Ridge Trail – this 2 mile trail offers great views of Montezuma Valley.
- Petroglyph Point Trail – as the name suggests, this 2.4 mile hike offers the only views of petroglyphs in the park.
- Point Lookout Trail – another great trail for valley views. Both Montezuma Valley and Mancos Valley may be seen from this 2.2 mile hike.
- Prater Ridge Trail – a 7.8 mile hike following a loop along the top of the ridge.
- Spruce Canyon Trail – one of my favorites, taking you down and through Spruce Canyon over a 2.4 mile hike.
Would love to hear about your favorite spots from this unique and beautiful national park.