Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado Saddlehorn Pueblo along the Sand Canyon trailcontains a huge number of archaeological sites-- more than 6000 recorded so far, and up to 100 per square mile in some places-- representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures. Canyons of the Ancients is managed as an integral cultural landscape containing a wealth of historic and environmental resources.
Really neat trail! Parking is a little weird as you have to park on slick rock. Easy/casual access to Native American ruins/dwellings. Easy hike for kids and families, very little elevation gain in the first half or so. This trail is actually more like 6 mi point to point (according to the TH sign). We ended up doing half because incoming weather pushed us out. Great scenic views of mountains and canyon. Probably would not recommend this hike in the dead of summer, it would be an extremely hot hike since sun exposure is intense
A very nice trail, as for any trail in the four corners area there are going to be a lot of artifacts in the area, so be respectful and only take pictures. There are also a number of cliff dwellings as you hike through the canyon as well. I recommend starting on the north end, if you are going to have two cars, take one to the south endlock your car, just to be safe. When you start hiking from Sand Canyon Pueblo this will give you a much better view from the top of the canyon, once you head down canyon enjoy, it is pretty much flat to downhill the rest of the way. I do not recommend hiking this or any trail in the desert southwest in dead of summer, spring and fall, still bring plenty of water, you are pretty much exposed on the entire trail. Well worth it except the parking and not much of a challengejust a cool pueblo hike