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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Cortez
(4.4/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is located in Cortez. A visit to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cortez vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The roads leading to the cliff dwellings, castle and other artifacts are very rough even in a 4WD. Be very careful taking a car there and going off the main road. But it's all worth it. You can get up...  more »
  • We started at the Anazai Heritage Center, which is amazing in itself. Asked the person at the desk on what to see, and she suggested the Lowrey Ruins and take 10 through the Sage Plain to Hoveenweep. ...  more »
  • Drive thru is lovely and there are several stops for photo taking. There are also many ruins to be seen along the way.... 
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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.