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 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management
Anasazi Heritage Center
27501 Highway 184
Dolores, Colorado 81323
Phone: 970-882-5600
FAX: 970-882-7035 | E-mail
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado.

The Monument sits amidst the rugged high desert in the southwestern corner of Colorado. This semiarid mesa and canyon country—speckled with pinyon, juniper, and sage—is treasured for the richness of its natural landscape and cultural heritage. The Monument contains a huge number of archaeological sites, with over 6,000 discovered so far, representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures. Visitors planning to explore the Monument should first stop at the Anasazi Heritage Center for orientation.

Points of Special Interest


The Anasazi Heritage Center is the headquarters for the Monument. It is located 10 miles north of Cortez, Colorado, or three miles west of Dolores, Colorado, on Highway 184.


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Trails Hiked

Check our personal notes for detailed descriptions of this trail:

Regulations and Precautions

  • Motorized travel is restricted to existing roads.
  • Bicycles are allowed only on existing roads and trails.
  • Carry and use insect repellent. Expect biting gnats in May and June.
  • Watch for rattlesnakes, mountain lions, scorpions, black widow spiders, and other potential dangers.
  • Most Monument roads are unpaved and primitive; some are suitable for four-wheel drive only.

Archaeological Resources Protection Act Hotline: 800-227-7286.

Lowery Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado.


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