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Petroglyph Loop Trail

Basics
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
2.8 mile loop
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1.5 to 2 hours
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall

Description

Begins from the Spruce Tree House trail. The trail follows below the edge of the plateau to the south, then makes a short climb to the rim of the mesa and returns via the rim. You will have good views of Spruce and Navajo Canyons. This is the only trail in the park open to visitors where you may view petroglyphs. The trail ends near the museum. The gate to access this trail is open only during visitor hours to Spruce Tree House. Please contact a ranger for times the gate is open.

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Details

Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
2.8 mile loop
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1.5 to 2 hours
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall

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