Farming Terraces - Mesa Verde National Park, CO - Short hiking trail, great for lizard hunting or sight seeing


Farming Terraces is a hiking trail located in the Mesa Verde National Park area in Colorado. Government regulations permit hiking only on designated trails within the Mesa Verde National Park. The trail begins and finishes along the spur road to Cedar Tree Tower. The trail is short and consists of three-quarters of a mile loop that leads to a number of historic check dams that were once built by ancient Puebloans farming terraces, hence the name of the trail.

The hiking trail is short and low impact. Beginner and intermediate hikers are recommended for this trail. The trail is a great place to look for lizards, hummingbirds, and a large variety of plant life. Even though the trail is low impact, it is highly recommended that hikers carry water with them while hiking the trails in Mesa Verde.

As with all Mesa Verde National Park trails, hiking shoes or boots are advised. The best time to hike along the Farming Terraces trail is during the summer when the trail is dry and muddy or slippery conditions are not a factor. The trail is typically closed during the winter due to safety concerns and icy conditions. The park ranger is available to answer any questions related to Farming Terraces.

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