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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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204 reviews 204 reviews
60 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We had just spent several days at Mesa Verde National Park and on this day were looking more for a hike than history. The Sand Canyon trail was perfect. We couldn't put a car at each end of the trail, but looking at maps showed that by starting at the south end of the trail, we could make a nice... More

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NC
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111 reviews 111 reviews
41 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Didn't have enough time to spend here but a definite must on a return trip. We would like to hike a couple of the trails and see more of that area.

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Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We spend a couple of hours here and watched the two short videos. Great introduction the the history of the area and the Ancient Pueblos who lived in the area. There was a walking trail that we did not take as we had a time issue. I recommend visiting to get a feel for how the artifacts are found and... More

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Gallup, New Mexico
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We visited Lowery Pueblo, and Painted Hand and then on to Hovenweep. Roads are a bit iffy, but we drive a Prius with very little clearance and managed well. Have a full tank and bring water. Painted hand...we looked and did not see any painted hands. The round tower is amazing and incredibly photogenic. The ancestral Puebloans... amazing creative people.... More

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Arlington, VA
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199 reviews 199 reviews
60 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Outstanding hike, great views and ruins. Do as much or as little of it as you like. We did 8 miles, with a return loop to the west. Easy to moderate.

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Richmond, Indiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Visit the Anasazi Heritage Center first. It opens at 9 a.m.. If you arrive early, there is a 1/2 mile trail to the Escalante Ruins (we found out about it later). Plan to spend at least an hour and preferably two hours at the Center. Nice Anasazi timeline with two incredible computer graphics one on settlement timing and density and... More

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Aztec, New Mexico
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Over 100 sites per square mile... not likely to get to them all. About 1600 in the monument. Actually, we only visited the Lowery Pueblo. A nice 20 minute drive down back country roads from the Anasazi Heritage Center gets you to this particular site. Very easy walk on nice paths around the pueblo. You can walk up to and... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This canyon is truly one of the most spiritual and beautiful places I've ever hiked. I saw a total of 6 people while I hiked along, spotting ruins hidden in the red rocks with amazing sandstone canyons and rock formations all around. I love this place.

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Herndon, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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