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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
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Ranked #5 of 13 attractions in Cortez
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues
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az
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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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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 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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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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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We were really excited to explore Canyons of the Ancients, but as other reivewers have noted, this isn't the easiest National Monument to explore. You should definitely start by visiting the Anasazi Heritage Center. There you will receive a map of the area showing the main ruins that you can visit, and the best route to take. The man working... More

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

It is now a National Park preserving a large territory where there are numerous pueblo structures yet to be excavated. Only structure to visit is the Lowrey Pueblo with its giant kiva. Signage at the site is good but very lonely and isolated. Not worth the drive.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

totally worth the extra drive time. You kind of have to find your own way around the area but there are so many little hidden areas that no else seems to know about. It's great!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We drove through this area on our way to Mesa Verde and didn't realize that we were in it until we saw road signs referring to the highway. This is an area steeped in history and there are several monuments and locations to stop and see. If you have the time, worth stopping.

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SW Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is another area that reminds us of the heritage here in the United States. Old doesn't just occur in far off lands.

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bangkok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This is not a national park, so do not expect rangers, guides, trail information, first aid, restaurants, or any of the other amenities that come with the national park service. It is a protected area, with some unrestored pueblos. The area is available for hiking and self-guided tours. We were there in June. We hiked early in the morning for... More

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