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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
+1 970-882-5600
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Large, spread out collection of ruins

This monument has a nice visitor center full of artifacts which is definitely worth a visit. There... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Amazing Site

We had a beautiful day on the last day in March. The museum is a must with great relics of the past... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Troy. IL, United States
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“sand canyon” (26 reviews)
“mesa verde” (24 reviews)
27501 Hwy 184, Cortez, CO
+1 970-882-5600
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This monument has a nice visitor center full of artifacts which is definitely worth a visit. There are numerous ruins located throughout the monument with three main sites which can be driven to. Definitely check out Lowry Pueblo, which is the largest ruins and the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a beautiful day on the last day in March. The museum is a must with great relics of the past and an excellent movie. The walking paths were clear and well maintained. There were ruins everywhere, and they were so varied, and so...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started our visit with our mountain bikes on the Sand Canyon Trail off of Road G. We loved the "remoteness" and enjoyed the excitement of finding a ruin. It is so nice to observe the ruins so closely and not feel that you are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here hiking a few times and have really enjoyed it. We have not hiked on all the trails but the ones we have done are truly beautiful and interesting! The color of the sandstone, the vegetation and the ruins are definitely worth...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Heritage Center is very interesting, full of archeological treasures. The 1/2 mile hike up to the puebloan ruins is great. The view up top is breathtaking.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This area spans many square miles and would take a few days to really get into what this area is about. Quite a few cliff and ground dwellings in the area with Kivas galore. We visited the easily accessible Lowry Ruins and were amazed to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little off the beaten path but some interesting ruins. You can combine this and Hovenweep for a nice day trip. There is a couple of hard spots to negotiate on the. painted hand trail but you can see it from the parking area.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Real pain in the butt to get to, virtually devote of markers, and very limited artifacts to see. Go to Hovenweep instead (Utah side) but it's pretty limited as well. Mesa Verde is orders of magnitude better.

Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

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 examples of North American archeology.

Reviewed 12 June 2017

We did not buy any special tour tickets, you can see all the ruins from different angles as you drive through the park.

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Questions & Answers
Richard B
17 May 2017
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Response from Joelle B | Reviewed this property
Where we went, not at the visitor's center in Delores, there were clean, large bathrooms and picnic tables. Not crowded, we were the only ones there. The area is all dirt and there are no assigned parking spaces. The... More
5 November 2016
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Response from jannelupita | Reviewed this property
the road to the parking lot in McElmo canyon is paved. to get to the trailed at the top of the canyon it is dirt, as mention above.
Gary G
11 February 2016
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Response from Anne D | Reviewed this property
Hello- Hovenweep National Monument has nice sites that are sheltered. I am not able to include a link in my answer as TripAdvisor does not allow it, but if you Google Hovenweep National Monument camping you will be able to... More