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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

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Address: 27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
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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... read more

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Lake Havasu City, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Very special place if you have the chance to go you should. The ancient history of this area and the southwest in general is so interesting and if you take the time to appreciate the age of the this lifestyle and the climate and landscape in which these peoples lived you will be inspired. Such beauty !!

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Waynesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Lots and lots of ground to cover and things to see, so plan on a day of your time. Or visit on several days. Bring plenty of water. Old ruins in lots of places. A bike is good to have.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My wife and I went hiking on Sand Creek Trail in May 2015. Sand Creek offers a high desert landscape vs. Mesa Verde or the foothills north of Cortez. There are several dramatic canyons and ancient dwellings along the trail. The trail allows dogs if on a leash and the crowds are small.

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Address: 27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cortez

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