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Address: Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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A fairly challenging hiking trail that winds a half-mile through Mesa Verde...

A fairly challenging hiking trail that winds a half-mile through Mesa Verde National Park.

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See Farming Terraces on This Short Trail

I recommend taking this trail if you are really into the Ancestral Puebloan culture or if you just want to get out for a short hike.You must take the spur road to Cedar Tree... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2015
Larry T
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Milford, Delaware
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

This is a review specific to half mile hike of the farming terraces. The loop has about a 145 ft elevation change which makes it a bit strenuous for the casual walker. The payoff is not that great. The area is bland and you cannot see any of the grand ruins cited in some reviews. The ruins of the terraces... More 

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Creede, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

See and imagine how hard it was to live here and think about what it took for you to get here and think they did this on foot in all kinds of weather not in an air conditioned car. Most of us would be mountain lion and bear bait.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

My husband and I hiked this trail at the end of the day and had it all to ourselves. It is interesting to see all the little rock check dams in the canyon and learn about how they were used for farming. But we enjoyed it as much for the quiet sounds of nature away from the crowds. It took... More 

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Milford, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

I recommend taking this trail if you are really into the Ancestral Puebloan culture or if you just want to get out for a short hike.You must take the spur road to Cedar Tree Tower. This is an interesting ruin site in itself. Look for the Farming Terrace trailhead on your right as you are approaching the ruin. The trail... More 

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Calgary
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

This was one of our last stops on after the Spruce Tree House and the Mesa Loop. On the road back north one finds the trailhead of this 0.5 mile loop near the Cedar Tree Tower. The hiking trail is not well marked and in places the plants grow across the trail. The forest fires have killed tress in the... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

A very good guidebook to these communities is found at the Visitors Center. It is such a great hike in the woods passing by Pipe Shrine House, Far View House, Far View Tower, Megalithic House, Coyote Village and Mummy Lake. The trail is enjoyable through a tree lined area on top of the mesa. People who lived here farmed on... More 

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Vidor, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

Very, very interesting. Be sure to grab a little guide so you can LEARN while you are looking. Otherwise, you won't know what anything is. Amazing that this stuff is all still around, and so well-preserved.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015

We enjoyed walking along the farming terraces and especially seeing the reservoir which has bed recognized as a civil engineering accomplishment.

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Colville, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

Our family enjoys longer hikes and great vistas, this didn't have that. It did however, have some well preserved sites and great history. So, if you want an easier experience and great history, this would be a good stop.

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