Canyon of the Ancients

Canyon of the Ancients National Monument contains a huge number of archeological sites spread across a vast distance.  Currently there are more than 6,000 sites recorded in the region.

Painted Hand, located in the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument

Painted Hand, located in the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument

The area that the National Monument covers is large.  There aren’t many direct roads through the Canyon of the Ancients, and most sites are not listed on any maps.  Bottom line, this is an area to explore.  Before setting out on any trips into the area it’s advisable to visit the Anasazi Heritage Center.  They will be able to let you know if there are any issues or changes exploring sites in the area.  They’re located 10 miles north of Cortez, and 3 miles west of Dolores.

Three of the most well known sites (also documented on maps) are Hovenweep, Lowry, and Painted Hand.  There are road signs available to follow, and some GPS units have the locations built in already.

For further information check out the Bureau of Land Management’s web page on the area.

La Mesa RV Park offers a great location for exploring this National Monument.  All the conveniences of Cortez Colorado, and proximity not only to this National Monument, but also Hovenweep, and Mesa Verde National Park.  Additionally our staff can help you get your bearings in the area and help you plan your visits to the National Park, Monuments, and other points of interest in the surrounding area!

For further information, contact us today and start planning your visit to Cortez Colorado!