Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Cortez

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  • We started at the Anazazi Heritage Visitor Center in Dolores. This is an excellent visitor center. Our only disappointment was that no one told us about the ancient pueblo (Escalante Pueblo) on their ...  more »
  • We lived in the canyon where Canyon of the Ancients National Monument was only a few miles from our home. We hiked the trails and have spent hours and hours exploring the Monument for years. My husban...  more »
  • We regrettably only had time to stop at Lowry house on our way through the park. It was awesome! Free to enter and had a beautiful great kiva. Dirt road to enter but was not scary at all. Restrooms an...  more »
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  • Did the Sand Canyon hike from the Southern end. Beautiful, though you need to be into desert, rocky landscape. Many small Indian ruins, but they were just the icing on the cake for me. The Visitor Center is also worth a stop for orientation. Staff were very friendly and informative.
  • 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!
  • Amazing Anasazi ruins, and excellent museum/cultural center. For the independent or adventurous, and those seeking to avoid the crowds of Mesa Verde.
  • 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.

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Since most people who come to Cortez are tourists visiting nearby Mesa Verde National Park, budget-friendly lodging rules here. You'll find a few motels on the outskirts of the town, but most accommodations are concentrated on the town's main street and consist of popular hotel chains with standard rooms. Those who like the outdoors can choose from several campgrounds and RV parks around the city.
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