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Lowry Pueblo National Historic Landmark

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for 1 in every 10 acres of land in the U.S.

The Lowry Pueblo National Historic Landmark in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is one of the northernmost pueblos. It was used by up to 150 people for a period of about 160 years, around 1060 AD. This pueblo is unusual because it had a kiva, suggesting that it was used for ceremonial purposes. A great option when visiting this area is to stay on BLM land. The United States Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, is an agency that looks after federal lands. Mesa Verde National Park is only about 25 miles away, and you can find a Bureau of Land Management campground there. There are also other possibilities because you can camp on public land in Colorado for up to 14 of every 28 days.

What to See and Do

What to See and Do

Hiking and BikingHiking and Biking

Sand Canyon Trail

Follow the Sand Canyon Trail at Canyon of the Ancients to see the Sand Canyon Pueblo, which may have had up to 420 rooms. This pueblo was constructed about 200 years later than the Lowry Pueblo. 

Length:6.8 miles 

Intensity: Moderate

Prater Ridge Trail

This trail begins at Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park. The trail climbs up Prater Ridge before following the circular ridge to return to the same spot where you will then hike back out. 

Length: 7.8 miles 

Intensity: Moderate

Knife Edge Trail

This trail at Mesa Verde National Park starts at the northwest corner of Morefield Campground. The route leads to the Montezuma Overlook, which provides outstanding views of the Montezuma Valley. 

Length: 2 miles 

Intensity: Easy

Petroglyph Point Trail

Check to see if the gate to this trail at Mesa Verde National Park is open. This trail provides stunning views of Spruce and Navajo Canyons. Then it passes a large petroglyph panel before you scramble up some steps and stroll through a forest to return to the starting point. 

Length: 2.4 miles 

Intensity: Easy

Fishing and BoatingFishing and Boating

There are several reservoirs near Cortez that have outstanding fishing. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, and bluegill in Totten Reservoir. Puett and Summit reservoirs are great places to catch smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, and northern pike. Trout anglers will want to head to John Moore or Jackson Gulch Reservoir in the Mancos State Park.


Hawkins Preserve in Cortez is a great place to go climbing. At the east end of this 122-acre preserve are several bouldering locations. In the central area is a great wall to climb. The western area features a couple of large boulders to climb.

Wildlife ViewingWildlife Viewing

There are numerous places at Mesa Verde National Park to see wildlife. Often, a flock of wild turkeys greets visitors along the main drive into the park. Early in the morning, you can often spot black bears, elk, marmots, and porcupines between Far View and the park's headquarters. Horses who have decided the grass is greener in the park often wander over from the nearby Ute Indian Reservation. Watch the antics of chickory squirrels with their long ears near the Spruce Tree House.


There are picnic tables near Lowry Pueblo. You may also want to consider picnicking near the Anasazi Heritage Center. This center is a great place to bring children as they can try weaving on a yarn loom, grinding corn, and studying pottery shards under a microscope.


Bureau of Land Management Camping

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While you will not find any BLM RV camping or Bureau of Land Management campgrounds at Lowry Pueblo National Historic Landmark, there is nearby RV camping. Morefield Campground at Mesa Verde National Park offers 275 sites. Most of them are primitive, but there are 15 sites with full hookups. Another choice is the Cortez/Mesa Verde KOA Journey. This campground features fishing, a dog park, and a seasonal pool.

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Bureau of Land Management free camping opportunities exist throughout the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. One particularly popular area is the Hovenweep Canyon because of its gorgeous views. Another popular choice is to camp at the old uranium mine off BLM Road 4526. When you are wondering where to find BLM camping, remember that you cannot camp within 300 feet of water sources or near an archeological site.

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Planning Your Trip

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Planning your Lowry Pueblo National Historic Landmark BLM trip

Especially when visiting remote areas, it is essential that you leave an itinerary with someone who is not on the trip. This way, they will know when you are overdue and can start alerting authorities and getting help to you. Cellphones may not work in this area. Therefore, it is best to download a detailed map before you start your adventure. That way, if you get turned around, you can use the map to find your way back to safety. A topological map is usually best because it has hills and valleys that can help you find your way. 

Before you head out on your trip, check out our blog for all you need to know about BLM camping

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You must carry all your trash out with you. There are trashcans near the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum that you can use for trail trash. While you may find beautiful rocks and other items as you visit this site, please leave them where they are. This allows others to enjoy them too. Leaving the area undisturbed is essential when visiting the pueblo areas because you never know when an item that you pick up holds a vital clue to better understanding the history of this unique area. Likewise, look with your eyes and not with your hands. Touching items leaves your body's oils on them, which can make them break down faster.

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Lowry Pueblo National Historic Landmark Location

Lowry Pueblo National Historic Landmark can easily be reached from downtown Cortez, Colorado. Get on West Main Street, then take a slight right to get onto North Pinon Drive, which will become US 491 North. Turn left on County Road CC. Turn left on County Road 7.25. The destination will be on your left. 

Address: County Rd 7.25, Pleasant View, Colorado 81331 

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