National Parks

There is so much to see and do in this area it would take several years to see and do it all.  So we have listed are what most people want to see in the way of National Parks and Monuments in this area.

Mesa Verde National Park

 http://www.nps.gov/meve/

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.   Plan at least one full day to visit the park.  Two days will allow you to enjoy all of the park.

Hovenweep National Monument

http://www.nps.gov/hove/

Hovenweep National Monument is an additional example of Ancestral Puebloian  culture.  All of the sites here are towers and villages.  Plan to take all day to visit this monument.  There are several very nice hiking trails in the park.

 

Grand Canyon National Park

 http://www.nps.gov/grca/

To almost everybody world wide this is the one National Park they have to visit, and as a life-long residents of the four corners area we can tell you that it is a destination that you must see.  A trip to the Grand Canyon from Mancos will take you about four to five hours driving time.  Then Plan a full day in the park.  It is best to arrive in the park as early in the morning as possible then watch the colors in the Canyon change through out the day.

Colorado National Monument

http://www.nps.gov/colm/

The Colorado National Monument is a hikers dream, and one of the most dramatic geological parks to visit.  The Colorado National Monument is located just south of Grand Junction Colorado, and is about a four hour drive from Mancos.  This is a two day excurtion.

 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

http://www.nps.gov/cure/

The Black Canyon is a wonderfully spectacular site.  The Canyon can be a side trip while driving the scenic San Juan Loop.  Plan for this to be an all day trip from Mancos.

Monument Valley 

Navajo National Park

http://www.navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm

John Wayne Country as called by some of the people in the area.  This is the area that John Ford produced and directed many of his epic John Wayne western movies.  A trip to Monument Valley will leave you in awe of the forces of wind water and time.  This is a very full day trip for a fast peek at the area.  It is about a twelve hour four state drive to take but the time taken is well worth it.

Four Corners 

Navajo National Monument

http://www.navajonationparks.org/htm/fourcorners.htm

The Four Corners Monument is a very popular man made boundry, where young and old have to get four body parts in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The Four Coners Monument is about a five hour round trip from  Mancos. Take pleny of water and money, for the jewlery vendors.