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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Knife Edge Trail

I camped at Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park on Friday and went on this hike Friday afternoon.


"This fairly level trail follows the park's historic entrance road and leads to breathtaking views of the Montezuma Valley.  Difficult to maintain and unsafe for vehicles the Knife Edge Road was later converted to a hiking trail."


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2 miles round trip, with a 60' elevation gain. This is an amazing hike, easy to do, and the views are fantastic, up in the clouds, at the edge of the cliff.






You walk out and back on the same trail, I stopped for a few minutes to sit on a rock and take it all in.  It would be a great place to take a lunch and spend an hour or so just sitting and looking at the views. I plan on going on this hike again.




There were many rock slides in this area, you can see rocks of every size and shape on the trail and hillside. Seeing this area in its natural state, I can't imagine that anyone ever drove over this terrain. I'm sure it was just a dirt road, nothing like the roads we now drive on into the park.


view from the trail

When I left the campground on Saturday morning, I drove to Chapin Mesa in MVNP and went on a few more short hikes. I will create separate posts for these because I took a lot of pictures.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, those are great pictures, Teri!

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  2. great photos!..and what a beautiful day for a hike!!..thanks for letting us tag along!

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  3. Taking a picnic lunch next time is a great idea. Beautiful!

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  4. That's such a beautiful trail with gorgeous trails. Doesn't seem to get a lot of visitor use.

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  5. Thanks for sharing you hike with us. Just breathtaking views

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  6. Thanks for sharing, breath taking views

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  7. This might make me take up hiking! I love to jog..hiking not so much for some reason. Never say never...

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  8. Great photo's of your hike around the magical scenery of Mesa Verde. I like the purple haze light coming down from the sky at Morefield Campground.

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