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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

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Address: 27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO

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Fun Alternative when Mesa Verde is Closed

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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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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Rogers, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

There is a very nice visitor center here that is worth stopping at before you go, it gives you a lot of insight toward the park.

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Dolores, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, remains one of the more quiet & open wilderness places in the 4 Corners Area, not requiring an admission fee or a guide. Mapping & marking of trails are accurate & easy to follow. There is plenty of room for strolling, hiking, biking, equestrian, without bumping into each-others. Visitors are respectful of the artifacts... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

saw many cave dwellings along the canyon hike. the elevation climb was not bad at all. We will come back to do the other hikes.

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Oxford, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Canyons of the Ancients is easy to pass by in doing the parks in the Four Corners area, but well worth a visit. In fact, to gain a good understanding of the ancient pueblo culture and the history of the region, the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, CO, should be your first stop before going to either Hovenweep or Mesa... More 

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Sierra Vista, AZ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (managed by the BLM instead of the National Park Service): the visitor center and museum is in Dolores, CO a few miles north of Cortez, NM and Mesa Verde National Park. I was on the way to Hovenweep NM, but this was here along the way. I toured Lowry Ruins at sunrise deep in... More 

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Elgin, Illinois USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

If you are even remotely interested in the Ancestral Pueblo Culture (aka "Anasazi") you should visit the museum. It has great displays of the some of the artifacts (especially pottery) from the many Ancestral Pueblo Culture sites in the area. The entrance fee is only $3 and is well worth it

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