The Prater Ridge Trail is a popular hike In Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. The trail features beautiful wild flowers and is perfect for intermediate hikers. This hike is perfect for those looking for unique desert and canyon views.

The Prater Ridge Trailhead is in the southwest corner of Morefield Campground. The trail is best used from spring to mid fall. The Prater Ridge Trail is a 7.3 mile loop. 

Photos: Justin Kern and Daniel Weber

Pack List

  • 4 liters of water (recommended amount)
  • Sun protection 
  • Camera
  • Snack
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RT Distance 7.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 1167 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Easy Parking
Food Nearby


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