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Canyons of the Ancient National Monument, CO

Bureau of Land Management

Overview

The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is located in southwest Colorado. Elevations within the monument range from about 4,900 feet to about 7,500 feet above sea level. The outer boundaries of the area encompass approximately 183,000 acres of land, approximately 164,000 acres of which are in federal ownership and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Containing the highest known density of archaeological sites in the Nation, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument holds evidence of cultures and traditions spanning thousands of years. This area, with its intertwined natural and cultural resources, is a rugged landscape, a quality that greatly contributes to the protection of its scientific and historic objects. The monument offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe, study, and experience how cultures lived and adapted over time in the American Southwest.

Recreational Activities:

  • BIKING
  • CAMPING
  • HUNTING
  • OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE

Address:

Anasazi Heritage Center
27501 Highway 184
Dolores,CO,81323
Phone: 970-882-5600
Email: meaton@blm.gov

Directions:

All visitors to the monument are encouraged to contact the Anasazi Heritage Center before visiting the monument. Anasazi is located about 10 miles north of Cortez, CO at 27501 Highway 184 just west of Dolores, CO, or you can call 970.882.4811.

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