Located in the South- West corner of Colorado lies the monuments of the Anasazi or “Ancient Ones.” This arid section of Colorado is the home to over 6,000 number of archaeological sites of the Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American Cultures.
Length: 116 miles.
Driving Time: 3 hours.
Features: Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Anasazi Heritage Center, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park, Trail of the Ancients (New Mexico), Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
Towns: Cortez, Dolores, Mancos
The visitor has many options from Mesa Verde National Park near Mancos, to Hovenweep National Monument with it’s unique stone towers. The Anasazi Heritage Center in Delores serves as the Headquarters of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Traveling farther to the South- West lands one in the Monument Valley Area of North Eastern Arizona, rich in the traditions of Native American Cultures.