Reviewed by Dolores Girl on February 16, 2014
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The Sand Canyon Trail begins at Sand Canyon Pueblo and descends into McElmo Canyon to the Castle Rock trailhead. You need a two-car shuttle for this hike (unless you are training for a Grand Canyon rim to rim hike! This is the desert, the trail can be hot and exposed in the afternoon. Bring lots of water, a hat and sunscreen. This is not a stroll, even heading down hill Both Sand Canyon Pueblo and trailhead and Castle Rock Pueblo and trailhead are part of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. You can visit the monument headquater at the Anasazi Heritage Center outside of Dolores for more information about these trails, other trails and access on the monument and exhibits and informtion on Ancestral Puebloan archeology. Both have good websites for more information as well. Always visit archaeological sites and ruins with respect, and do not disturb what you find. Remving archaeological artifacts or damaging ruins is a felony, and the monument does have rangers and they do prosecute. Leave no trace nd visit with respect.
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