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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Cortez

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  • Went on about a 3-mile trail with a friend and three dogs. We passed archaeological ruins and were impressed by the rock formations. If we lived in this area, we would be on these trails very often.  more »
  • You can get a map at the Anasazi center in Dolores but it is not necessary. The paths have maps at all the intersections and are well marked. BRING WATER and sunscreen and your food and you are set fo...  more »
  • 4x4 only and there are many old pit home ruins to see and walk around, lots of old pottery pieces 1500+ years old, but they must stay, huge fine to remove anything.  more »
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  • Parking is across from Sutcliffe Vineyard, which is marked. The parking is not car friendly, some clearance is required for much of the small lot, which is really just a big piece of exposed rock. The park is awesome. Explore all the marked detours on the hiking trail to see hidden surprises. The trail its self is marked by cairns initially, so keep your eyes open. Hidden ruins abound, you can find some hidden right behind the formation visible from the parking area, directly in front of you. Trekking poles are a good thing to keep you from stumbling, as your eyes will be busy searching the canyon for ruins, not on the trail.
  • This is a great location. There are plenty of trails that can keep you occupied for 1-5 hrs. The best part is that you can stop off across the street and grab a glass of wine from suitecliff.
  • 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. If you're coming out of Cortez, the park is on your right. I've included a picture, which shows the layout. As always when you hike in a desert environment, when you are half way done with your water, you are half way done with your hike. This will save your life, so take plenty of water with you. Stick to the trails; because, it is easy to get lost out there. I followed the ridge line for several miles. Magical place. So much to see. Super views of Sleeping Ute Mountain. Bring plenty of water and be safe!
  • I give this place 5 stars specifically because it's undeveloped and nearly unexplored. What an amazing spot to be by yourself and sit in ruins that have hardly been touched for a thousand years. Check out the Painted Hand house for the easiest access, walk around and be amazed. Bring water!
  • Great fun for the family and a fantastic hiking work out.