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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

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Address: 27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
Phone Number: 9708825600
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Phenomenal accompaniment to Hovenweep and Mesa Verde

Canyons provides access to fascinating cliff dwellings and other relic structures.it would be optimal to have a high clearance rig so you could take some of the rough trails to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Canyons provides access to fascinating cliff dwellings and other relic structures.it would be optimal to have a high clearance rig so you could take some of the rough trails to some exotic sites. Still, our sedan easily made it down one road and we hiked to fabulous sites well preserved and lovely. Thank you, BLM for your outstanding management.

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Much of this terrain is left undeveloped so you'll have to inquire about the access. But Sand Canyon is developed as a multi-use trail and also provides nearby access to several ancient ruins averaging around 800 years ago. There's both a north and south entry here, as well as some shorter loops and spurs. You can car pool and journey... More 

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Marco Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The roads leading to the cliff dwellings, castle and other artifacts are very rough even in a 4WD. Be very careful taking a car there and going off the main road. But it's all worth it. You can get up close to all the places of interest. It would be a great place for ATV riding rather than by car... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We started at the Anazai Heritage Center, which is amazing in itself. Asked the person at the desk on what to see, and she suggested the Lowrey Ruins and take 10 through the Sage Plain to Hoveenweep. We stopped at Painted Hand sight. All in all a fair amount of hiking for us. But glad we did!!

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Carefree, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Drive thru is lovely and there are several stops for photo taking. There are also many ruins to be seen along the way....

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We started at the Anasazi Heritage Center (I reviewed the museum itself separately). We received great advice on what sites to visit. We walked to the pueblo ruins above the Center. An easy half-mile walk with signs indicating native plants. Great views of Sleeping Ute Mountain. Once on top, there are views all around--easy to see why a pueblo was... More 

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Erieville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We went to the Lowry Pueblo site after visiting the visitors center. It was a 9 mile drive from the highway and it was well worth it. The site has plenty of interesting facts posted around the site. The rest rooms seemed well maintained. There is a few picnic tables around the site as well. Sunset is gorgeous too!

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Westminster, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

We got to the Visitor Center around 10:00 and were told no tours available until 3:00, so, our fault, we should have checked this out but the guide suggested we just drive ourselves to the museum, 20 miles of switchback roads and scenery was nothing but scrub brush. Got to the museum, it seemed dusty and old so the artifacts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I had wanted to see the national monuments for some time, but wasn't aware they were in a region by this name. We started by going first to the Anasazi Heritage Center on the northwest side. What a surprise! It is in a beautiful building surrounded by native plants. It covers the culture of the early pueblo indians, their artifacts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

The staff at the centre were helpful and provided a lot of information and the centre has a lot of interesting exhibits to view before going out to the sites. The sites are not hidden but not signposted either. We only had time to visit one. The information at the site suggested a 60 foot walk but that was a... More 

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