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An Unexpected Treat

While driving from Moab, Utah to Mesa Verde, we happened through Cortez and were directed to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
HokieGal30
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Albany, New York
Great walk

Great walk to view some of the ancient structures mounted on the edge and inside these canyons. A... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Scott W
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Safety Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sand Canyon Trailhead has moved 2000 feet east and now has more parking, but this not yet reflected in the in any of the literature we picked up at the visitor center. There are no evident signs: just a wide shoulder on the road...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Charles S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sand Canyon is easy to locate on GPS but with limited roadway signage or notice of the off-road parking area. Making note of the trails and checking our bearings, we headed out for a hike. Reaching the 1/2 mark, the trail signage was sparse, damaged...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While driving from Moab, Utah to Mesa Verde, we happened through Cortez and were directed to the Canyon of the Ancients Visitor's Center. What a wonderful center filled with history and well informed guides. The short walk up to the ruins on a paved walkway...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank HokieGal30
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great walk to view some of the ancient structures mounted on the edge and inside these canyons. A number of different walks depending on the time you have.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Scott W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Plan a couple hours at this stop and talk to the staff. Get your map, go to the bathroom and plan the sights you wish to visit. (PS - your GPS will work and help you find the other sites) Take some time in the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Fadipadi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to start if wanting to get information on all the National monuments in the area. Staff are helpful Films an museum descrbing what you will see. A must stop before heading out

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019

You can certainly see one or two sites in a half day but if you are interested in ancient history/ ruins/ plan to spend two days exploring the various sites in this HUGE national monument area. If you have just a half day go to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
3  Thank Emilie07
Reviewed May 2, 2019 via mobile

Too much to see. Well organized. Great information. Good overview of what is important to see in the area.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank cflaherty
Reviewed April 27, 2019

This is a must stop to learn about the overall area. It has artifacts, maps, information and great interactive displays.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed February 18, 2019 via mobile

We hiked from Sand Canyon Trailhead into the Canyons is the Ancients Monuments for about 4 hours and while it was interesting and wonderfully quiet, the trails were super muddy. We may have struck a bad thawing period but we luckily had very heavy duty...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Melissa R
Hi, we are leaving Monument Valley after a 9 am -11:30 am tour. The plan is to stop in Bluff at Twin Rocks Cafe for lunch and head to the Canyons of the Ancients for the rest of the day. (Originally we were stopping in 4 corners via UT-162 E and then heading north. But now we are skipping it, to give us more time in the Canyons, especially since the museum closes at 5pm) Our hotel is in Cortez and we are seeing Mesa Verde in the morning. (Unfortunately, before the ruins are open for the season. This was a huge disappointment.) Regardless, I am confused and am looking for help. Does the entire area of the Canyons of the Ancients close at 5pm with the museum or at dusk. Sunset will be after 7pm. Do we have the extra 2 hours to explore the area? I appreciate any help in my planning. As I have it planned, we are leaving Bluff via US-191N to UT-262E to Hovenweep Rd and Reservation RD to Co Rd 10. I wanted to stop at Hovenweep, but I was trying to get to the museum by 4pm, to at least have an hour to explore. I know this is backwards and we should start at the visitor center. This would mean seeing Lowry and maybe Painted Hand, if time allowed. I was feeling rushed, until I realized that perhaps the park is open until dusk and only the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum closes at 5pm. I was planning on heading south to our hotel in Cortez when finished. I am planning an 8 day trip from Phoenix to Albuquerque, and this stop has me needing guidance. Thank you for any advice!! I appreciate it. I called the visitor center and left a message.
February 10, 2019|
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Response from Strider185 | Reviewed this property |
There is a lot of snow out there right now. I would NOT attempt to drive these roads as the soils are often clay. Seriously, easily to get stuck. As snow or ice starts melting in afternoon, these roads can turn dangerous... More
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Response from MidwestTraveller89 | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure it does. We were driving a compact car when we visited, but if you look at the Heritage Center on Google Earth you will see several large RVs in the parking lot.
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