Yesterday we visited Hovenweep National Monument, a group of ancient dwellings that is far off the beaten path. It is a small area near the four corners of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.
The road to Cutthroat Castle is rough, and it is recommended that you enter the area in a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. It is an easy hike to the ruin, but because of the isolated location and unpaved road, it is a completely different experience than the main area of ruins.
Cutthroat Castle detail
Both are beautiful and fascinating to investigate. Cutthroat Castle is also quiet, with views of the surrounding landscape. It is well worth the 45 minute drive from Cortez, Colorado to the outlier, and another 30 minutes to the visitor center, where you can hike the trail that loops through a canyon.