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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

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Address: 27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
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Worth the half day!

This is totally a lesser known, but lovely place to visit. More than one locale...visitor center is very nice, but Auntie and I visited ruins elsewhere....was worth our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a ruin somewhat protected from the elements. Getting there is a challenge because the roads are not in good repair and the gps routes you on some really rough ones. Lots of informational plaques to read. One part of the park was inaccessible because of rain and really muddy roads.

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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is totally a lesser known, but lovely place to visit. More than one locale...visitor center is very nice, but Auntie and I visited ruins elsewhere....was worth our time....not just for those sites, but the very cool visit past several farms.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This park can be accessed from several different directions, including unpaved gravel roads. It gets hot here so a visit in the cooler months is best if your schedule permits. Due to the unpaved road, inquire about conditions before visiting during or right after rainy or very snowy weather. The visitor center for this park is the Anasazi Heritage Center... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Glad to have found this (on the web), as we have been driving past on our way to Durango for years not knowing it existed. The Anasazi Heritage center 3 miles west of Dolores is the best place to start, the staff are very helpful and can suggest a plan to see the area from the car sightseer to the... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great views of the canyon lands. About 25 miles off main road, mostly paved, few pot holes. No heavy pressure of crowds. Would visit again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

As you walk around and through these thousand-year-old buildings, imagine living there. Stop and listen for men and women in the courtyards talking. Watch the landscape and see hunter-gatherers returning with food for the village. Go inside the one preserved structure and consider how awesome it is to be standing where the ancient Pueblos stood. If you plan to travel... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Don't trust the directions from TripAdvisor or Google maps. Go to the Anasazi Heritage Center for information on visiting this remarkable park.

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Oatley NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A decent drive from Cortez where we stayed for 2 nights. You need a whole day at Mesa Verde so allow 2 nights there otherwise you will be rushed. First go to the visitors centre and arrange for a tour. We booked two tours. The man at the desk worked it out for us so we could easily do both... More 

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great trailhead down Road G out of Cortez about 20 minutes. Watch out for up to one hour road delays starting July 13th 2015 until whenever. Great spot for mountain biking as well as hiking. It's not been terribly busy any time that we have been there. There is a 5 mile loop as well as a 9 mile loop... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We hiked the the Sand Canyon trail starting from the South Trailhead. There are a variety of trails that link so that you can tailor a hike to your needs. The hike was the best part of our weeklong vacation in the four corners. The coolest part according to my daughter were the green lizards. To get to the South... More 

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