The Sand Canyon Pueblo marks the northern point of the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, and connects south to the start of the Canyon of the Ancients Trail off Road G. This site hosts the ruins of an important Ancestral Puebloan community, partially excavated and interpreted with educational information.

The ride combines road and gravel for a trip to the Sand Canyon Pueblo Trailhead. Take your adventure to the next level by hiking 3 miles to these very special archaeological ruins.

(49.41 km)


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Travel Tips

  • Cortez offers plenty of options for stocking up on snacks and supplies before your ride.
  • Download the Ride with GPS map before heading out—coverage can be spotty.
  • Add a six-mile, out-and-back mountain bike ride from the Sand Canyon Pueblo trailhead to your trip itinerary. Where else can you ride single track and slick rock past ancient cliff dwellings? If you didn’t bring your mountain bike, you can demo one from Kokopelli Bike and Board.
  • Be respectful of any artifacts and archaeological ruins you encounter on your ride—look but never touch.
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