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.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing ruins! Very well signed - no probs finding the route. There are even maps posted along the route!

Re distances from the lower trailhead: 6.45 mi to the top of the switchbacks (we took most of the spurs to see the sights) and 5.15 straight back to the car without the spurs.

The warning sign at the base of the climb is a bit misleading - it said only 1 mi of steep, rocky trail. So we kept wondering where the switchbacks would start. Turns out there is about 0.6 mi of generally upstream in a small streambed - then a sharp left uphill out of the streambed for about 0.2 mi - then about 0.85 mi of switchbacks! I’d call it difficult but not ridiculous. Great for training. The rest was easy as others have reported.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

very nice!

Love the trails!

Beautiful trail. Not much elevation gain so it’s a fairly moderate hike. Be sure to take the quick side shoots (white triangles) that get you close to some ruins and view points.

hiking
3 months ago

Took about 4 hours to do out and back, great weather and the trail was deserted.

**this hike is actually 6 miles OUT and 6 miles BACK. So a total of about 12 miles.

We started at about 11:30 and ended at about 4:30. The only really moderate part of the hike is about 0.5-1 mile of switchbacks. Other than this section of the trail, it was fairly easy. The views were amazing! You get to see so many historical sites in the cliffs up close. We went in the beginning of November and it still got pretty hot because of the direct sun exposure, so bring lots of water! :)

hiking
7 months ago

It was hot so we started early. Used a crossover trail to get to East Rock Canyon Trail going back. More than a dozen ruins, at least 8 in good condition. One of the best hikes ever for quality and concentration.
If you like Hovenweep or Chaco you will LOVE this placeGot some great photos for our FB Ruins and rock art website. We will be going back as soon as it cools down

trail running
7 months ago

This was the coolest trail run I've ever done (I'm from Texas with out cool scenery though). Great views, cool ruins that you can get within feet of at times, and excellent runability. It got hot very quick, so ran out of water and turned around at mile 4.5. Take the short jaunts off the oath, so worth it! Only dislike is following the path back on the large rock...got a bit disoriented.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice because you can make it any length you want & still see several dwellings along the way

Hiked this two weeks ago. Beautiful country with a lot to see if you keep your eyes open. Though rated as a moderate, it is a low moderate or high easy. One needs to be in reasonably good shape. Important to carry water to keep hydrated at those altitudes

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Great trail close to town . Please do not carve your name or date into the ruins ..... Show history respect !

hiking
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

I live close by and do this trail fairly often. There are lots of possible combinations with other trails in the same area. Nice views and Anasazi Ruins along the way.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Awesome hike with Native American ruins.

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

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

Thursday, June 05, 2014

This is a great trail for horses nice loop beautiful trail. Parking is a little tight and tricky to find the first time out.

hiking
Sunday, July 07, 2013

Oh my god this trail is a blast. Everything you could ask for in an out and back. Plus casual access to native ruins. Did an outer out and back on the return which was well worth it. The heat was part of the experience, upper 90's.

hiking
Friday, April 05, 2013

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

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