Canyons of The Ancients National Monument Horseback Riding

The 30th most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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West of Durango and Cortez in the southwest corner of Colorado, the new Canyons of The Ancients National Monument has miles of horseback riding past the the highest known density of archeological sites anywhere in the United States, with rich, well-preserved remnants of native cultures going back thousands of years. The new monument is located in the Four Corners region, about 45 miles west of Durango and 9 miles west of Mesa Verde National Park. Occupation of this area by hunters and gatherers likely began over 10,000 years ago. Farming in the area blossomed between 450 and 1300 A.D., when the area was occupied by Ancestral Northern Pueblo People. Year-round villages were established, evolving from pit house dwellings to the cliff-dwelling pueblos.

There has not been much documented about the trails throughout this national monument. For additional info, the best bet is to contact the visitor center. Visitors planning to explore the Monument should first stop at the Anasazi Heritage Center (10 miles north of Cortez and 3 miles west of Dolores) for orientation and current conditions.

Overall, Canyons of The Ancients National Monument is the 30th most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado.

Canyons of The Ancients National Monument Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Anasazi Visitor Center (970) 882-5600; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; San Juan Guest Ranch (970) 626-5360; Colorado Horse Council (303) 292-4981.

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Recommended Map:  "Durango Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Oct. - May

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  37.436907, -108.910604

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  14127

Canyons of The Ancients National Monument Horseback Riding Map


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