Rock Art and Ancient Ruins

Trip Tour: Ancient Ruins
Ancient Ruins Photo Tour
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View rock art, cliff dwellings, castles and other ruins created by the ancient Anasazi culture.

This short video clip shows a fun, easy hike to an Anasazi Ruin in Monument Valley. On this trip you'll have the option to see several such ruins.

Day 1: Traveling to Moab

ACTIVITIES:

  • Drive to Moab
    - 230 miles from Salt Lake City
    - 116 miles from Grand Junction
    - 460 miles from Las Vegas
LODGING: Stay in Moab
  • Aarchway Inn
  • Big Horn Lodge
  • Moab Valley Inn
  • Sunflower Hill Inn
RESTAURANTS:
  • Bar M Chuckwagon
  • Canyonlands by Night- Dutch Oven BBQ
  • Zak's
  • Eddie McStiffs
  • The Broken Oar Coffee & Grill
  • La Hacienda
  • Moab Brewery
Day 2: Travel to Mesa Verde

ACTIVITIES:

  • Drive to Mesa Verde
  • Spend the entire day exploring the stunning compilation of more than 3,900 documented archaeological sites. The park's most famous features are the numerous, tiered Anasazi cliff dwellings tucked beneath the mesa tops.

TRAVEL TIP:

  • Stay the night in Cortez, Colorado.
LODGING: Stay in Cortez
  • Best Western Turquoise Inn
Day 3: Traveling to Four Corners

ACTIVITIES:

  • Drive south to Four Corners Monument, where you can stand in four states at once.
  • Drive to Hovenweep National Monument (gravel road). Spend a few hours exploring the ancient stone castles and towers built by the Anasazi people.

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Stay the night in Bluff, Utah
LODGING: Stay in Bluff
  • Desert Rose Inn
  • Calf Canyon B&B
RESTAURANTS:
  • Cow Canyon Restaurant
  • Cottonwood Steakhouse
  • Turquoise Restaurant
  • Dairy Café
  • Twin Rocks Cafe
Day 4: Explore ruins around Bluff

ACTIVITIES:

  • Sand Island Petroglyphs: Rock art left by people from many cultures over hundreds of years
  • Cemetary Hill and Historic District: Where Mormon Pioneers settled Bluff in the 1970's
  • 16 Room Ruin: This is a classic Anasazi ruins, one of the first ever to be photographed
  • Wolfman Panel: Impressive Anasazi rock art

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Stay the night in Bluff, Utah
Day 5: Traveling to Monument Valley

ACTIVITIES:

  • Drive to Monument Valley and Gouldings Trading Post, located on the Utah/Arizona border. This area is part of the Navajo Nation and offers the opportunity to learn about modern Navajo culture
  • Monument Valley’s classic Western landscape has served as the setting for scores of movies. Take the sunset Monument Valley tour from Gouldings Lodge
  • Take a guided tour of the ancient ruins in Monument Valley. Gouldings Lodge offers half-day and all-day tours.
LODGING: Stay near Monument Valley
  • Gouldings Lodge
  • Best Western Canyon De Chelly Inn
RESTAURANTS:
  • Stagecoach Restaurant at Goulding's Lodge
  • Old Bridge Bar & Grill
Day 6: Natural Bridges, Goosenecks State Park

ACTIVITIES:

  • Drive to Natural Bridges by way of Hwy 261. Take a side trip to the Goosenecks State Park where you can look down the winding path of the San Juan River. Continue on to Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Drive the scenic loop where you can look down on the monument’s three impressive natural stone bridges
  • Enjoy an adventure hike down into the canyon and walk beneath the bridges. Also watch for Anasazi ruins and rock art in this canyon
  • Drive to Blanding, Utah, where you’ll spend the night. Be sure to visit the ancient Pueblo ruins at Edge of the Cedars State Park in Blanding

TRAVEL TIP:

  • Stay the night in Blanding
LODGING: Stay in Blanding
  • Best Western Gateway Inn
RESTAURANTS:
  • R&R Pizza Express
  • Subway
  • Diamond C Conoco
  • Homestead Restaurant
  • Kenny's Restaurant
  • Old Tymer Restaurant
Day 7: Return home

ACTIVITIES:

  • Sleep in, relax, then start your journey home
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