Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Cortez

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Monuments & Statues
The area
Address
27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO 81323-9217
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Starla D
12 contributions
Sep 2021
Beautiful drive through agricultural land and open spaces filled with sky to get to Lowry Pueblo and Painted Hand Pueblo. It's a privilege to live in a country that values preserving lesser known heritage sites such as these. We were in our jeep and there were good jeep trails marked for use. Everyone at the site was respectful--we really enjoyed seeing this place and walking on ground were the Ancients also walked.
Written January 14, 2022
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Marie5466
Guanajuato Municipality, Mexico1,001 contributions
Aug 2021
I stopped here on my way to Hovenweep National Monument. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument preserves thousands of Ancestral Puebloan artifacts.

Canyons of the Ancients is not well developed. There are few established amenities to help direct visitors. You are left to the devices of maps, road signs, and your common sense to guide yourself to excavated pueblos or other treasures. Nothing flashy to see like Mesa Verde, Bandelier, Chaco Canyon or Hovenweep however.

As well as having a not-to-miss excellent museum (Anasazi Heritage Center), Canyons of the Ancients National Monument boasts more than 100 archeological sites per square mile! It was the most densely settled region of the Ancestral Pueblo People world between 500 and 1300 CE.

Definitely a place where you can spend days hiking or mountain biking (not all trails are open to biking but some) as long as you know how to be self-contained, self-sufficient.

Beware of flashfloods as roads may be impassable. Otherwise, great area to visit and feel uninterrupted, quiet vastness. There is an unspoiled majesty hidden in the sweeping vistas of an area where only nature’s murmur offers you relaxation and solitude.
Written November 23, 2021
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Karla P
Denver, CO1 contribution
Nov 2021
My first time in the area and I really enjoyed myself. Even though the museum is only open Thursday through Saturday, don't let that stop you from going. There was a wonderful volunteer outside on Sunday who greeted me like I was an old friend and shared information about the canyon monument and places to go, starting with a lovely short walk to the hill above the museum which has the first recorded pueblo in the state. I learned so much from hanging out and talking with the lady and left feeling great. Even though I was initially disappointed about not being able to go in the museum the other things to visit that I learned about were wonderful and I really enjoyed my day. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
Written November 10, 2021
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Laurel M
Calgary, Canada736 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
The visitor centre is very informative with park staff on hand to answer any questions. The highlight was climbing the hill to the Escalante Pueblo. The winding trail is paved with several benches and flat areas for wheelchairs and strollers. Many signs along the way and a great view of Sleeping Giant Mountain. Liked the ancients view that the giant had 4 coloured blankets, one for each season! The views at the top are not to be missed. The drive to Lowry Pueblo is a half hour away, off the highway. You never feel like you’re entering an isolated place - towns and farms all along the way. Then you drive for 3 miles on gravel before reaching the pueblo. Nice to see, several picnic tables, but I wouldn’t make the trip again. Salmon Ruins in Farmington/Bloomfield New Mexico so much better.
Written November 1, 2021
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bdavid58
Maryland60 contributions
Oct 2021
Sand canyon trail is absolutely wonderful. You don't have to do the entire 6+ miles. Hiking in 3 miles gets you lots to see and a feeling of being a part of the beauty. Many ruins and very well marked and maintained trail. The first 4 miles are only a slight incline. Easy and well worth the time!!!
Written October 25, 2021
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Cardinalis
Olathe, Kansas289 contributions
Oct 2021
If you are expecting Chaco or Mesa Verde, keep driving. Sand Canyon Trail brings you close to small sites with some standing walls. The reward is in the journey, a moderately challenging walk among the red rocks and prickly pear with intermittent solitude. And you can choose your distance - it's an out-and-back hike with ruins and views at intervals along the way.
Written October 24, 2021
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,526 contributions
May 2021
Having been to Chaco Canyon, Aztec National Monument, and Hovenweep prior to visiting this site, it's not surprising that we found it underwhelming. One of the COTA sites, Pueblo, is the only one easily visited. Some of the other sites required longer hikes, and are unexcavated. In reality, Mesa Verde is about 20 miles away from the main COTA Center and Mesa Verde is much better. As I said in the opening, if you can't go anywhere else. Not recommended
Written October 5, 2021
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lueeze
Denver, CO80 contributions
Jun 2021
A remote and starkly beautiful area filled with the history of the ancient peoples. Great hikes, take lots of water and keep your eyes about you for wildlife and ruins
Written October 4, 2021
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Pianolady609
Chesterfield, MO148 contributions
Sep 2021
We were driving from MOAB to Durango but stopped to see Lowry Pueblo. (It was an easy drive from the highway.). It was VERY interesting!! Well-preserved, such a cool ancient site! Would highly recommend.
Written October 1, 2021
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hrtraveler
Colorado859 contributions
Sep 2021
Almost skipped Canyon of the Ancients during a recent visit to Cortez-ant that would have been a mistake. The national monument has some great hiking and some awesome ancient ruins.
Written September 27, 2021
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