(This tour is not available in 2020 )
Yucca House National Monument celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. Due to its significance as an excellent example of a valley pueblo, Woodrow Wilson declared Yucca House a National Monument by Presidential Proclamation on December 19, 1919.
On the Yucca House tour, you will experience a sense of discovery by visiting a large, unexcavated Ancestral Puebloan site that has remained largely untouched for the past 800 years! Its massive structures and central location in the Montezuma Valley suggest it may have acted as an important community center for the Ancestral Puebloan people from 1150 to1300 CE.
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The easy to moderate 2-hour, 1/2 mile (0.8 km) walk is along a mostly level, unpaved path. The trail is rocky in places; wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots. Total tour time, including carpooling to site, is 3 hours. Yucca House National Monument is located eight miles south of Cortez, Colorado. You will meet at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez for a brief orientation talk, then carpool to the site.
Consider your physical health before joining a hike, especially if you have heart or respiratory problems, or other physical difficulties. Elevation at Yucca House is about 6,000 feet (1829 meters) above sea level. Weather conditions are quite variable, from sunny and hot to possible thunderstorms.
You will meet at the Colorado Welcome Center at 928 E. Main, Cortez, Colorado for a brief orientation talk, then carpool to the site. Yucca House National Monument is located eight miles south of Cortez, Colorado.
May 11 and September 7, 2019 at 8:00 am May 18 and September 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Tour is limited to 15 people
Price: $10.00 per person, all ages