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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Cortez

Categories: Ruins, Monuments, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We got to the Visitor Center around 10:00 and were told no tours available until 3:00, so, our fault, we should have checked this out but the guide suggested we just drive ourselves to the museum, 20 ...  read more »
  • I had wanted to see the national monuments for some time, but wasn't aware they were in a region by this name. We started by going first to the Anasazi Heritage Center on the northwest side. What a su...  read more »
  • The staff at the centre were helpful and provided a lot of information and the centre has a lot of interesting exhibits to view before going out to the sites. The sites are not hidden but not signpost...  read more »
  • 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!
  • The energy surrounding this area is Amazing! Remember this is our history. Follow signs, rules and respect the Ancients
  • This was fantastic! We had a blast! The area is beautiful and we had the ruin areas to ourselves. Lowery Ruin was a real delight after touring with the crowds at Mesa Verde. The surrounding farmlands are also beautiful. And the night sky is to die for. Be sure to stop at the Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] in Delores before you go into this monument. They were so helpful and showed us the best hikes for our ability. Plus the museum is fabulous. There is no doubt we will visit this area again and again.
  • Great place love the nature, quite and the history. How can anyone give a one star when its not the parks fault they are not on the 10 percent rule
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