Point Lookout Trail

Overlooking a broad green valley with snow-capped mountains in the distance.
View of the La Plata Mountains from Point Lookout

NPS Photo

Quick Facts
Trailhead is located near Morefield Campground Amphitheater Parking Lot

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The Point Lookout Trail climbs up the iconic Point Lookout, the geological formation that towers above the park entrance. The trail offers views of the San Juan and La Plata Mountains, as well as Mancos and Montezuma Valleys.

Trail Description

The 2.2-mile (3.5 km) roundtrip trail climbs steep switchbacks up the west side of Point Lookout. Hikers are rewarded with magnificent views, including the historic entrance road snaking its way onto the mesa.

Please respect these places by leaving archeological sites, artifacts, plants, and animals undisturbed for all those who follow you.

Be Prepared

  • Strenuous
  • Pets and bicycles are not allowed on the trail
  • Trails are day-use only

For Your Safety

  • Dehydration and altitude sickness are common problems at Mesa Verde. Drink water and rest often.
  • Avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day.
  • While hiking, remain on the trail to avoid walking along unfenced, unstable cliff edges and fragile soil. Off-trail walking easily destroys the delicate cryptobiotic soil crusts that take decades to form and are essential to soil stability and plant growth in the deserts of the Southwest. Even the smallest impacts have big effects!
  • Please respect wildlife by observing them from a distance.

Trail Data

  • 2.2 miles (3.5 km) roundtrip
  • 400 ft (122 m) elevation change
  • Allow about two hours to complete

Mesa Verde National Park

Last updated: November 7, 2021