You’ll Never Guess What’s Hiding In Plain Sight Right Here In Colorado

You know all there is to know about the 52,000-acre Mesa Verde National Park and how it is considered to be one of the best Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the country… but did you know that Colorado is home to another extravagant Ancestral Puebloan site?

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Located near Cortez, the beautiful Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is a large outdoor museum that features more than 6,000 Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites. Even though its native residents are thought to have left the area sometime in the 1100s, their dwellings are still as well kept and impressive as ever. In addition to this large outdoor area, the Canyons of the Ancients features an educational museum that teaches more about the Native Americans who originally settled the area.

Have you had the opportunity to visit the fascinating Canyons of the Ancients?