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Colorado Welcome Center and go east on US 160 to Mesa VeTrail of the Ancients Itinerary

  • Start in Cortez at the Corde National Park, America’s premier archaeological wonder and first World Heritage Site. The hundreds of homes and villages are more than eight centuries old. This is one of the “must see” places of a lifetime.
  • Go west on US160 and north on CO 145 to the Anazazi Heritage Center with its interactive history exhibits about the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Four Corners Region, where four states intersect. Experience stone grinding corn, touch real artifacts, try virtual archaeology using computer programs, see films, and watch traditional Indian dances. Learn about the Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo, Ute, and Navajo tribal ways.
  • Stay on CO 184 to US 491 N. to Pleasant View. Follow the signs to Lowry Pueblo, a 1,000 year-old Ancestral Puebloan village with its ceremonial kivas and uninterrupted views of the surrounding area. Next, go on to Hovenweep National Monument which contains six groups of ruins and is known for its square, circular, and D-shaped towers.
  • End in Cortez. lorado Welcome Center and go east on US 160 to Mesa VeTrail of the Ancients Itinerary
    • Start in Cortez at the Co

    rde National Park, America’s premier archaeological wonder and first World Heritage Site. The hundreds of homes and villages are more than eight centuries old. This is one of the “must see” places of a lifetime.

    • Go west on US160 and north on CO 145 to the Anazazi Heritage Center with its interactive history exhibits about the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Four Corners Region, where four states intersect. Experience stone grinding corn, touch real artifacts, try virtual archaeology using computer programs, see films, and watch traditional Indian dances. Learn about the Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo, Ute, and Navajo tribal ways.
    • Stay on CO 184 to US 491 N. to Pleasant View. Follow the signs to Lowry Pueblo, a 1,000 year-old Ancestral Puebloan village with its ceremonial kivas and uninterrupted views of the surrounding area. Next, go on to Hovenweep National Monument which contains six groups of ruins and is known for its square, circular, and D-shaped towers.

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Also worth visiting is Ute Mountain Tribal Park where tribal guides interpret Ute Indian history, Ute pictographs, geological land formations, and Ancestral Pueblo petroglyphs (reservations are required) and Four Corners Monument, the only place in the U.S. where one can stand in four different states at the same time.