Trail of The Ancients
The Anasazi - the "Ancient Ones" to the later Navajo - guarded their secrets closely. We know they dominated the Colorado Plateau for hundreds of years, yet basic questions about them - who they were, how they lived, what they believed - remain less than fully resolved. This 114-mile route across the broken, arid terrain of their former civilization is heavily laden with clues: cliff dwellings, rock art, pottery shards. Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park both contain dense clusters of Anasazi remains, and the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores offers background and interpretive information. One branch of the byway leads to the Four Corners Area, connecting Utah's Trail of the Ancients byway.
Trail of the Ancients was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway in 2005. It is one of eleven America's Byways® designated in Colorado.
|Byways Corridor Management Plan:
Trail of the Ancients Corridor
Management Plan 2009 Update
Muddy when wet.
Some gravel surfaces.
- Contact Information
Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
4201 E Arkansas Ave, Shumate Bldg
Denver CO 80222-3406
Colorado Tourism Office
Call 1-800-COLORADO (800-265-6723)