Mileage: 7.3 mile loop
Elevation Gain/Highest: 680ft to the mesa top, 1240 accumulated gain (TH is at 7740ft)
Map: Prater Trail
Favorite Eats After Hike: We definitely Packed A Cooler.
As always, practice Leave No Trace. Pretty Please.
8/13/2016 This was a trail we could do right from our campground early in the morning before setting out for some tours of the cliff dwellings. This hike is great for the whole family. Once you climb up to the mesa top, it is all views. You can choose between two loops depending on how long you want to be out. The longer loop was amazing with all the different desert flowers and cacti, colored rocks and views of the valleys and canyons. It was hard to stop taking pictures!
Directions: From the Morefield Campground at Mesa Verde National Park (in Colorado) you can use the above linked map to find the TH. You will turn right out of the visitor’s center and the TH will be on your left just shortly up the road.