Sand Canyon Trail
The Sand Canyon Trail is west of Cortez in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument created in June 2000. Winding first over slickrock, the trail becomes dirt as it wanders through piñon-juniper forest. Several spur trails lead to archaeological sites and small cliff dwellings tucked in Entrada sandstone alcoves. Two spur trails open to views deep in Sand Canyon to the right. Sleeping Ute Mountain tower to the south. On the longer hike option, the trail climbs thirty switchbacks out of the canyon to end at Sand Canyon Pueblo site, which is marked with interpretive signs.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Skill Level||Moderate (most difficult for 13-mile option)|
|Duration||3 to 5 hours (6.5 to 9 hours for longer option)|
|Season||Open year-round, check trail conditions in winter|
|Trailhead Elevation||5,500 ft|
|Top Elevation||6,900 ft|
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