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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

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Address: 27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO

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Ruins scattered everywhere. Connect with history. Visitor Center in Dolores is interesting. Plenty of hiking. Spread out.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Ruins scattered everywhere. Connect with history. Visitor Center in Dolores is interesting. Plenty of hiking. Spread out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

My children loved it. This can be informative and interactive. Not a large place and if you have a National Parks Pass you get in free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Raining this Memorial Day, so drove to Lowry Ruins south of Dove Creek area. Upon arrival was pleased and pleasantly surprised that you can walk into the ruins as they are covered and quite extensive! A very large Kiva is excavated and viewable. The more ruins we visit the more understanding and appreciation we have for the Ancestral Puebloans! The... More 

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Kelso, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Lots of interesting artifacts and information. Good movie - excellent introduction to the whole area.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Beautiful hiking. Technical biking. Lots of ruins. If you can arrange a shuttle, hike the Sand Canyon Trail from top to bottom (north to south). Allow plenty of time to explore ruins along the way. Biking is a loop at the south end of the monument with both slickrock and sand.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We've seen the Mesa Verde sites several times and wanted something different in the four-corners region. Definitely go to the Anasazi Heritage Center/museum just outside of Delores for an orientation of the area and a nice museum experience. There is a small fee for this but it is worth it. I got very good advice on where to go, and... More 

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Kanab, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Given that we visited Mesa Verde in the winter, most of the park was closed and we were told we should check out Canyon of the Ancients on our way back to Moab. It's definitely an interesting area, but you want to be sure you have a good map as you head out - it's easy to miss some of... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This was a stellar hike and such an adventure finding the ruins scattered all about. From the very beginning we saw snow capped mountains in the background and as we hiked along saw beauty everywhere. We happened to be in a canyon (as the name of the place implies). All of a sudden we started seeing the ancient human structures.... More 

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Pomona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This is a wonderful monument to visit. I found the web resources on the monument a bit confusing though. It is actually a collection of site spread out over a large area of canyon which are accessible by different roads. So it takes a bit of planning. Also the Anasazi Heritage Museum in Delores, CO is the Visitor Center for... More 

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Santa Fe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Formerly known as Sand Canyon, but now incorporated into Canyon of the Ancients Monument. Bring good hiking boots, and enough water for a day trek. Canyon is 9 miles long, and there's a loo[ trail as well. This was my 4th trip in 10 years, and its always been a peaceful, scenic solitary experience. You'll see many remains of alcove... More 

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