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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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Columbus, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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
99 helpful votes 99 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
37 helpful votes 37 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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50 reviews 50 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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Bethesda, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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