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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Iowa City, Iowa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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104 reviews 104 reviews
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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
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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Norfolk, VA
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23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

we took in all the ruins in the four corners area that day mesa verda, hovenweep, this ,and 4 corners monuments maybe this would hav been better but I think we just got tired n burn out onall this.

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Boston
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172 reviews 172 reviews
48 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Canyons are beautiful to look at. You start to think about the natives that once lived in the area. It is amazing how nature and the canyons go hand in hand and what it must have been like for the native people to live in such an area.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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65 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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