Canyon of the Ancients & Hovenweep National Monuments

Our tours include stops at one or more of the following: Yucca House Ruins, Sand Canyon & Rock Creek Trails, Ismay Petroglyph Panel, Hovenweep Visitors Center, Painted Hand Pueblo, Lowry Pueblo, Sand Canyon Pueblo, Escalante Pueblo at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center.

Canyons of the Ancients (COA) is 50 miles west of Durango, encompasses over 176,000 acres with over 6,000 identified sites and has been inhabited for over 10,000 years. 

Hovenweep National Monument was home to six interconnected Puebloan villages, home to over 2,500 people, far more than live in the region today. The Square Tower Unit is unique in Puebloan history for the square, oval, D-shaped and circular towers grouped at canyon heads and built atop or near springs. 

The full and half day tours both visit Hovenweep and COA sites while exploring this daunting, remote and beautiful area accessed largely over dirt roads. Our guides are experts whose passion and knowledge of the people and archeological history greatly enhances a visit to these monuments. Their experience with ever changing local conditions allow you to relax, save time, gas and fees as they navigate one of the least populated areas in the lower 48!

Family Friendly Raft Trips

National Monument Full Day Tour

Spend an entire day exploring the unique archeological sites of the southwest. Your tour guide will share their passion and knowledge about each site and the ancient peoples that inhabited this area and built the structures. This tour includes all transportation from the meeting location, a great deli lunch, and a knowledgeable guide to provide a fascinating interpretive tour.
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Half Day Mesa Verde Tours

National Monument Half Day Tours

The perfect tour to catch some of the highlights of Canyon of the Ancients and Hovenweep while saving time for other activities in the area. We have three available times for this half day experience.
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Tour Review on TripAdvisor
Was terrific well worth the time. Learned so much on the history and culture. Frank tailored the info to our interests and really cared that we enjoyed ourselves. We highly recommend the company they provided a positive experience from start to finish. – Raymondd147

Why A Guided National Monument Tour?

  • Highly trained guides who are passionate about Mesa Verde
  • Customized tour that visits only the best sights
  • Smaller vehicles and guide-to-guest ratio provide access to parts of the park large tour buses cannot
  • Carefree experience
  • Did we mention the best guides on earth!