Characterized by sandstone canyons and broad mesas, the southwestern corner of Colorado features a variety of prehistoric cliff dwellings and ruins. The best known of these archaeological sites are found in Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument, but countless other ruins abound as well. So rich in archeological treasures is this remote region that 164,000 acres of it were declared the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument by then-President Clinton in June 2000. A great hike within the monument that highlights both archaeological wonders and splendid slickrock scenery follows picturesque Sand Canyon.
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Trail Statistics & Information
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|Trailhead Elevation||5,470 ft|
|Top Elevation||5,900 ft|
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