Top Adventures in Montezuma Creek

  • Hike the Ruins of Hovenweep National Monument

    Hovenweep National Monument consists of 5 separate units which were once Ancestral Puebloan communities. The main trail, Little Ruin Canyon, starts from the Visitor Center and is the only unit that has paved access. Don't let the dirt-clay roads k...

    2 miles 80 ft gain

  • Hike Sand Canyon in Canyons of the Ancients

    The Sand Canyon trail in Canyons of the Ancients has two trailheads. The lower trailhead (off of County Road G) begins at 5,472-ft., while the upper trailhead (off of Country Road N) begins at 6,862-ft. If you are doing the 13 mile out-and-back hi...

    13 miles 1390 ft gain

  • Explore Sand Canyon Pueblo

    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. The hike from the parking lot nearest to the pueblo is only 0.8 miles,...

    0.8 miles

  • Visit Four Corners Monument

    Pretty cool spot to check out if you are in the area. Not a hike or anything like that. Just a cool landmark that will let you grab some pretty nice pictures. Enjoy!

  • Raft the Upper San Juan

    The "Upper" San Juan is about 27 miles of river, and can be completed in a 2-4 day float. It is a permitted river, and trips launching between April 15 - July 15 obtain permits through a lottery draw negotiated on https://www.recreation.gov/. Appl...

  • Hike Nordenskiold Site No. 16 Trail

    This two mile round-trip trail leaves from the information kiosk near Long House and Step House, and leads through and area severely burned by the 2000 Pony Fire.  There's no shade on this trail, so if you are doing it during the hotter months, be...

    2 miles

  • Hike to Long House and Step House at Mesa Verde National Park

    This is a great opportunity to see two historic cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park within a relatively short period of time. Schedule your day around getting tickets to Long House, then taking a bit of a side trek to the Step House when y...

    3 miles 130 ft gain

  • Hike the Long House Trail

    The Long House Trail is a 0.6 mile out and back hike in Mesa Verde National Park. The trail features wildflowers and a river. This hike is a great option for families or individuals wishing for a unique immersion in a dwelling without having to pa...

    0.6 miles 196 ft gain

  • Hike the Badger House Community Trail

    The Badger House Community Trail is a 1.5 mile loop with minimal elevation gain. The Badger House Community Trail is a unique hike in Mesa Verde National Park as it goes along the top of a mesa, instead of heading down into a canyon.This trail is ...

    1.5 miles 65 ft gain

  • Explore the Far View Sites Complex

    The Far View Community is located four miles north of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. In around 800 AD, the Ancestral Pueblo people lived in this area for several centuries. They mostly farmed the mesa tops, but were also hunters. It was one...

    0.75 miles

  • Hike the Spruce Canyon Trail

    The Spruce Canyon trail is very well taken care of. The trail begin with a descent into Spruce Tree Canyon and then follows a stream for 3/4 of a mile before climbing a side canyon back up to the ridge. The trailhead is located on the Chapin Mesa ...

    3.1 miles 754 ft gain

  • Hike the Petroglyph Point Trail

    Pick up a trail brochure for information on the interpretive signs. There are some steep and narrow portions of the trail, so make sure everyone in your party is of able physical capability. 

    2.7 miles 698 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Bluff, Utah

      Sand Island Group Sites

      Overview Sand Island Campground’s two group campsites are ideal for groups wishing to be close to the town of Bluff and the San Juan River. The area offers outdoor enthusiasts many options for riv...

    • Cortez, Colorado

      Cortez / Mesa Verde KOA

    • Dolores, Colorado

      Mcphee Recreation Complex

      Overview McPhee Recreation Complex is located on the south shore of McPhee Reservoir near the town of Dolores in southwestern Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, water skiing and fis...

    • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

      Far View Lodge

      Far View Lodge is the only lodging inside of Mesa Verde National Park and is located 15 miles from the park entrance. The traditional Western decor of the lobby and dining room, fantastic views, wa...

      From $129/night

    • Monticello, Utah

      Devils Canyon

      Overview Devils Canyon Campground sits in the Manti-LaSal National Forest of southeast Utah at the foot of the Abajo Mountains. Recreation Several miles of off-road vehicle trails crisscross the Ab...

    • Dolores, Colorado

      House Creek

      Overview House Creek Campground is located on the shores of McPhee Reservoir near the town of Dolores in southwestern Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, water skiing and fishing opp...

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