Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients

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The 175,000 acres of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Southwestern Colorado makes for the largest concentration of archaeological sites in the U.S. More than 6,000 individual sites have been found within the national monument, most of which are ruins of the Ancestral Puebloans, a group of ancient Native Americans who resided in the Four Corners region.

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Ruins from the Ancestral Puebloans were primarily constructed from 750 AD to 1300 AD.

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Stone towers and walls are the most common sightings in this area, giving visitors a look into what an Ancestral Puebloan town looked like a millennium ago.

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The area is also home to a multitude of wildlife, including golden eagles, mule deer, and bobcats.

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If you’re looking to visit, the closest towns are Pleasant View and Cortez.

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If you’re looking to check out the Canyons of the Ancients for yourself, here’s a map from our headquarters in Colorado Springs:

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