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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Cortez

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  • 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 e...  more »
  • We did not buy any special tour tickets, you can see all the ruins from different angles as you drive through the park.  more »
  • 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. Lo...  more »
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  • I noticed my Garmin was off, when I visited the Canyon of the Ancients, and I have the latest one, so keep an eye out. The sign is easy to miss. I've included a picture, which shows the layout. There is one over riding rule when hiking in a desert environment. When you are halfway done with your water, you are half way done with your hike.This rule will save your life, so take plenty of water. I hike 6 miles in, and it was both beautiful and interesting. Stick to the trails; because, the ground is so delicate. If you damage the soil, it takes years to recover if ever. Magical place. So much to see. Super views of Sleeping Ute Mountain, or I should say mountains. When you are up at Park Point in Mesa Verde Sleeping Ute looks like one mountain. When you get on the other side, you can clearly see Sleep Ute is multiple mountains. Bring plenty of water and be safe!
  • This was definitely not what I was expecting, but there were some interesting ruins here. I would recommend going to another hike with more ruins though.
  • Three well maintained trails offer a day of enjoyment. Starting off is a little rough but soon makes way to easy going trails with some challenges. Take your dogs, take your kids and have a blast.
  • Not much to see as we couldn't find a road that went to nice vistas or trails.
  • I would recommend ATVs for finding something worth while here. There are some spots that are expanded from Hovenweep in here too.