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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues
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Herndon, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Extremely well-done and respectfully presented ancient ruins. One of the most unique parks we've ever visited. Interpretive signs and exhibits are outstanding. Well worth the extra miles to visit. We found it not only very educational but also quite spiritual.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great drive out to the canyons to view Lowry Ruins where the Indians lived 800 years ago. Also a good place to hike out to the canyon.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

In Trip Advisor reviews, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument seems to refer to several places: The Anasazi Heritage Center, Lowry Pueblo, Sand Canyon Pueblo (located on Road N) and the trailhead to Canyon of the Ancients National Monument (located on Road G, also known as McElmo Canyon Road). We visited all of these and will address them in turn.... More

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Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Of all the pueblos this one is not to be missed. At some point you may think you have seen enough pueblos. But this one is in a good condition and especially the Kiva facilitates your imagination to see how the Indians performed their celebrations and special gatherings.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was a very nice informative place to visit when leaving Cortez on your way to Moab. Also stop at Newspaper Rock and Hole N' the Wall.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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551 reviews 551 reviews
351 attraction reviews
461 helpful votes 461 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

A fantastic museum of artifacts removed before a canyon was flooded. There is a great video and many computer sites to study that teach you about the residents of these canyons over the centuries. Also visit the ruins at the site.

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az
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156 reviews 156 reviews
34 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The Anasazi Heritage Center is a gem. Took us 2 hours to watch the videos and see the exhibits. Best place in the area for learning about the Anasazi culture. Very well done.

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Tustin CA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
46 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Near Cortez and Mesa Verde national Park, this National Monument is interesting, but not as profound as visiting Mesa Verde or Hovenweep We walked around the Sand Canyon Pueblo on the mesa and then down to the canyon bottom. While the walk was beautiful and the signage very good, there were little of the pueblo remains to see. A few... More

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Fort Defiance, Az
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5 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Wonderful trails, if not exactly well-marked, with amazing views of canyons, bluffs and golden cottonwoods. Easy hiking, very rewarding. I believe that maps are available at one of the local tourist/park venues. I would suggest getting one, as it would be helpful.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We entered from the Kelly Place property, and hiked 3 plus miles in and then back out. We saw beautiful scenery and 4 ancient ruins. I was glad to have my hat, sunglasses,and sunscreen. And of course lots of water. It was beautiful in October. In the heat of summer you would want to get a very early start.

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