Trail of the Ancients Visitor Services

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Services on Trail of the Ancients

All national and tribal parks and monuments provide visitor information. Visitor centers are located in Cortez and Dolores, Colorado. Cortez has an official Colorado Welcome Center.

feesFees

There is an admission fee to enter most areas, including National Parks.

campingCamping

There are places to camp along this byway.

foodFood

Cortez and Dolores have sit-down and fast food restaurants. Mesa Verde National Park also has several food options, including a gourmet restaurant for dinner.

gasolineGasoline

Cortez, Dolores, and Mesa Verde National Park have gas stations.

informationInformation

All national and tribal parks and monuments provide visitor information. Visitor centers are located in Cortez and Dolores.

lodgingLodging

Cortez, Dolores and Mesa Verde National Park have hotels and/or motels.

phonesPhones

Public phones are available along this byway. Cell phone coverage is limited. Phones should be turned off when not in use to conserve batteries.

restroomsRestrooms

There are restroom facilities along this byway.

retailRetail

Shopping is available in Cortez and Dolores, as well as at Mesa Verde National Park.



Special Considerations

The major portion of the byway easily accommodates motor coaches. Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument offer easy access and adequate parking, as does the Four Corners Monument. Of the smaller sites, the Anasazi Heritage Center, Lowry Pueblo, and the Cortez Cultural Center can accommodate motor coaches. The Ute Tribal Park is not motor coach accessible, however, for smaller groups, van service is provided by the park for an additional fee.

Road Conditions

To find up to date information about the road conditions along Trail of the Ancients, please visit the FHWA listing of web sites for more information.

Seasons
Best Time to Drive
Travel the Trail of the Ancients from late spring through the mid-October to enjoy the intriguing culture of the area. Many sites are open year-round, but have limited facilities available.

High Season
The high traffic season on the Trail of The Ancients is from May through mid-August.