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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
+1 970-882-5600
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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument 27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO

This area spans many square miles and would take a few days to really get into what this area is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Some nice pueblo ruins

A little off the beaten path but some interesting ruins. You can combine this and Hovenweep for a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Darel M
Vancouver, Washington
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“sand canyon” (26 reviews)
“mesa verde” (23 reviews)
27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
+1 970-882-5600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This area spans many square miles and would take a few days to really get into what this area is about. Quite a few cliff and ground dwellings in the area with Kivas galore. We visited the easily accessible Lowry Ruins and were amazed to...More

Thank freddombski
Reviewed 4 days ago

A little off the beaten path but some interesting ruins. You can combine this and Hovenweep for a nice day trip. There is a couple of hard spots to negotiate on the. painted hand trail but you can see it from the parking area.

Thank Darel M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Real pain in the butt to get to, virtually devote of markers, and very limited artifacts to see. Go to Hovenweep instead (Utah side) but it's pretty limited as well. Mesa Verde is orders of magnitude better.

Thank Frank H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome visit to Lowry Pueblo then Painted Hand Pueblo. Warning to those with mobility problems: Painted Hand Pueblo maybe too much to take on. The scrambling can be difficult. These are exceptional examples of North American archeology.

Thank Angus D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not buy any special tour tickets, you can see all the ruins from different angles as you drive through the park.

Thank MartinaV50
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much to see. You can see so many of the cliff dwellings with little walking. If you have the time to spend this park needs a full day. Several dwellings can be visited with a ranger guided tour. Lots of driving from one to...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have a great interest in the history of this beautiful land, and this park really helped me grow my appreciation of some of the earliest dwellers in this part of Colorado. Do your research though before visiting Canyons of the Ancients: many areas are...More

2  Thank kimD9245XR
Reviewed May 10, 2017

We visited here on 4/29 and found that you didn't see much from the paved road. There are a couple of stops (ex. Lowery ruins) that you can get to but overall not much to see. If you visit this monument, you'll need to hike...More

3  Thank Peter K
Reviewed May 8, 2017

I just saw a review that said we drove by and didn't see a thing! You need to actually get on the trail to see the incredible ruins. I also saw someone say its hard to get too - not really true but there are...More

4  Thank 752kat
Reviewed May 6, 2017

This monument was discovered in 1930 but it dates back hundreds of years, back to the 1100's. Not crowded as the road to get there is confusing. It is county, unpaved, dirt road for 9 miles west from Colorado 491 at Pleasant View. At first...More

1  Thank Joelle B
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Richard B
Is the handicapped parking?
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Joelle B | Reviewed this property |
Where we went, not at the visitor's center in Delores, there were clean, large bathrooms and picnic tables. Not crowded, we were the only ones there. The area is all dirt and there are no assigned parking spaces. The... More
Is there a paved road in the park or is it only dirt?
November 4, 2016|
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Response from jannelupita | Reviewed this property |
the road to the parking lot in McElmo canyon is paved. to get to the trailed at the top of the canyon it is dirt, as mention above.
Gary G
Any recommendations for tent camping near Mesa Verde & Canyons of the Ancients mid April? Thank you in advance.
February 11, 2016|
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Response from Anne D | Reviewed this property |
Hello- Hovenweep National Monument has nice sites that are sheltered. I am not able to include a link in my answer as TripAdvisor does not allow it, but if you Google Hovenweep National Monument camping you will be able to... More