Archaeology

Montezuma County has over 20,000 Ancient Puebloan sites, many indiscernible to the untrained eye. Visitors come to our area from all over the world to visit these sites and study archaeology
and, it is not uncommon to hear German, French, Italian or Mandarin while exploring these sites. While Mesa Verde National Park may be the best known, there are many other magnificent sites that are well worth visiting as each has a unique feel, having been built at different times and using different methods of construction. 

Below you will find a number of links to help you plan your discovery of these ancient peoples and their fascinating life and skills.

Websites and information: 

Mesa Verde National Park: The new Visitor & Research Center was completed in the fall of 2012 and is quickly accessible from Highway 160 at the park entrance. It is easy to spend several days here but plan at least one full day and ranger tour. Also see Mesa Verde ARAMARK for additional information for your visit to Mesa Verde.
Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Canyon of the Ancients National Monument
Lowry Pueblo
Yucca House
Chimney Rock National Monument
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Salmon Ruins
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

Museums & Centers of Learning:

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Anasazi Heritage Center
Cortez Cultural Center