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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

[Anasazi Heritage Center]
 

Saddlehorn Pueblo

Located in southwest Colorado, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument features thousands of archaeological sites reflecting ancestral Pueblo and other Native American cultures. Visitors can view Lowry Pueblo and Sand Canyon Pueblo, or explore the more remote Painted Hand Pueblo. The six-mile Sand Canyon Trail is a popular hiking spot. Visitors are strongly encouraged to stop by the Anasazi Heritage Center for information before heading to the Monument. Those looking to tour the entire Four Corners region should follow the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. This route leads to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center, and beyond. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail, formerly a 19th century Mexican trade route, also passes through this area.

Field Office:  Tres Rios

Total Area:  175,423 acres
Elevation Range:  4,900 - 8,000 feet

Activities:
  • Byways and
    National Trails
  • Camping
  • Heritage tourism
  • Hiking
  • Hoseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-highway vehicles
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Lowry Pueblo, Sand Canyon Pueblo and Painted Hand Pueblo
  • Restrooms and picnic area at
    Lowry Pueblo
  • Limited parking
  • Unpaved roads
  • Available in Cortez and Dolores:
    historic attractions, lodging,
    restaurants and shops

Directions:  Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is accessible from various locations along US-491. For more information, contact the Anasazi Heritage Center.


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