A Canyon Country Guide to Anasazi Indian Ruins

Guide to major Anasazi-related sites in Canyon Country accessible to the public.

Anasazi Rock Art – Utah/Arizona

Prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs panels.

Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

The Fabled Sky City is one of America’s oldest towns.

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Anasazi ruins on the Rio Grande.

El Morro National Monument, New Mexico

Inscription Rock, plus a look at ruins of Atsinna Pueblo.

Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Utah

Self-guided Exploration of Anasazi Clff Dwellings & Rock Art.

Horseshoe Canyon, Utah – The Great Gallery Features America’s Finest Rock Art

Horseshoe Canyon, a detached section of Canyonlands National Park in a remote section of southeast Utah, features some of the world’s greatest rock art. The Great Gallery is the most well-known and spectacular of the canyon’s four major panels. Horseshoe Canyon itself is spectacular with steep sandstone walls and groves of mature cottonwood trees and other riparian growth due to the presence of surface water.

Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado / Utah

Anasazi Ruins – Towers and Castles in the desert.

American West Roadside Stop, Utah – Mule Canyon Ruin

Features a well-preserved Ancestral Pueblo ruin dating back nearly a thousand years.

Navajo National Monument, Arizona

The Well Preserved Anasazi Cliff Dwellings of Betatakin and Keet Seel.

Touring Betatakin & Keet Seel Cliff Dwellings

Navajo National Monument in northern Arizona offers guided tours of two outstanding cliff dwellings dating to the 13th century. Rangers lead a guided hike to the photogenic Betatakin cliff dwelling. They also lead guided tours into the remote Keet Seel cliff dwelling.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

The Balcony House Tour.

Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Colorado

Ute Mountain Tribal Park in southwestern Colorado was created to preserve significant remnants of the Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) people, including spectacular cliff dwellings and rock art.

Mysteries of the Anasazi

Introductory Essay by guest author Karal Barnett.

Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, New Mexico

The Chaco Phenomenon by guest author Karal Barnett.