The Soda Canyon Overlook Trail is a relatively popular hike perfect for viewing Soda Canyon and Balcony House. This hike is perfect for families and people of all skill levels. Soda Canyon Overlook Trail is a 1.3 mile loop in Mesa Verde National Park.

The trailhead is clearly marked, and is about 1/4 miles past the Balcony House parking lot. The trail is best used from April to October, and features a river. 

Photos: Jacqueline Poggi and Ron Cogswell 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Map of Mesa Verde National Park
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 95 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Hike the Cliff Palace Loop Trail

Tickets for this tour are $4 per person and are available at the visitor center near the entrance of the park. This tour is best taken from April to November.

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Explore Balcony House

Starting at the trail head at 7,000 feet, you will head down the trail until you get to the cliff dwellings.

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