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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, CO

Upper Navajo Canyon Hike

Cliff Dwelling Tour
4 hr. 00 min.

Notice:

September 3, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Tour meeting time is 8:15 a.m..
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Tour Description

Enjoy the autumn weather and fall color as you hike this historic trail, built in the 1930s by a Depression era organization, the Public Works Administration. You will view Pinkley House and several other small alcove sites, and experience two different natural communities as you descend from the drier mesa top pinyon-juniper woodlands to the mountain chaparral in the canyon bottom.

This moderate 4-hour, about 4-mile (6.4 km) round-trip hike is along an unpaved, uneven trail that descends 760 feet (232m), includes steep drop-offs, and switchbacks. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, bring snacks, and a minimum of 1/2-gallon (2 liters) of water per person. Shade is very limited, so bring a hat and sunscreen. Consider bringing binoculars and bird books as well. This hike is appropriate for well-prepared hikers of any age. Children must be able to walk the extent of the trail on their own without difficulty.

Upper Navajo Canyon Hike is available from September 3, 2014 to October 5, 2014 on Wednesdays and Sundays at 8:30 am. Meet the ranger at the south end of the Far View Terrace Parking lot 15 minutes in advance.


Tour Details

  • Duration: 4 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Number of Steps: 0
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

Know Before You Go

Consider your physical health before joining a hike, especially if you have heart or respiratory problems, or other physical difficulties. Elevations range between 7,000 and 7,500 feet (2134m and 2286m) above sea level. You should plan for all weather possibilities because weather conditions are quite variable. It's possible to begin your hike in full sun and end with a thunderstorm or snowstorm.


Directions

From the park entrance, drive 15 miles (24km) to the Far View Terrace Restaurant parking lot. Drive time from the park entrance is 45 minutes. Meet the ranger at the south end of the Far View Terrace Parking lot. Hikers will depart for Navajo Canyon at 8:30 am. Meet the ranger in the parking lot no later then 8:15 am.


Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.
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