Visitors may climb the ladder into the reconstructed kiva and wander through the residence block around the kiva at the Three Kiva Pueblo.

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Designated a National Scenic Byway

Length: 116 miles
Driving time: 3 hours.

Trail of the Ancients Itinerary

This byway wanders remote parts of Utah, Arizona, and Colorado, connecting some of the nation’s richest archaeological sites. In Colorado, it follows U.S. Highway 491 from Pleasant View to Cortez, where it joins U.S. 160 heading south past the Ute Mountain Reservation and west to Four Corners Monument. Back country spurs access sites off the main highway.

This byway is designated in four states so plan for at least five days to explore this region. High points are listed below:

  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum
  • Butler Wash and Mule Canyon Indian ruins
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Grand Gulch Primitive Area
  • Valley of the Gods
  • Gooseneck State Park
  • Monument Valley Tribal Park
  • Three Kiva Pueblo
  • Four Corners Monument