I had the chance to visit the ruins of the Escalante Pueblo in Dolores, Colorado. The Pueblo is beautifully located at the top of a hill and overlooking the gorgeous Dolores River.

Escalante Pueblo

Escalante Pueblo

Escalante Pueblo


Escalante Pueblo was named after the first European visitor to write about it. In 1975 and 1976 professional archaeologists removes much of the rubble on the surface and excavated about 1/3 of the building. They learned that the timbers used for the roof were cut in the AD 1120s.

Escalante Pueblo

The building’s overall plan of a central kiva with surrounding roomblock, the core and veneer style masonry, and the larger room reflect an unusual style of ancient architecture for the area.

Escalante Pueblo

Architectural details, including T-shaped doorways and remodeled walls, provide clues to the changing needs of the people who lived there.

Escalante Pueblo

How to get there

Escalante Pueblo is on the Anasazi Heritage Center grounds at the end of a 1/2 mile long, wheelchair-accessible trail.

Address and hours

Address: 27501 CO-184, Dolores, Colorado 81323
Hours: Open from 10 AM to 4 PM


Phone: (970) 882-5600

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See also: My other travel adventures in the USA.

See also: List of National Parks.