I'd planned on going to Yucca House National Monument while we were in Cortez. George got the passport stamp at the Cortez Welcome Center, but I almost forgot about going to the monument! I got the directions from the NPS website. You have to follow them exactly because the GPS won't take you to the entrance. The correct way to go is on county roads through private land (ignore the "No Trespassing" sign) until you end up in someone's barnyard. As anticipated, this was a bit worrisome for George.
Actually George wasn't thrilled about going in the first place, but this was beyond the limit. (After all, he already had the stamp.) After agreeing that this was exactly where we were supposed to be, no matter how little it seemed like a national park, we crossed the grass on the boardwalk and went through the first gate, making sure to close it when we got through.
Continuing on the boardwalk, we got to the second gate. There I signed in--we were the first ones to visit since the weekend. Obviously this isn't a big draw. We went through this gate too, also closing it behind us.
No signs. No nothin' to indicate one of the largest archaeological sites in southwest Colorado. We followed the trail out into the desert. We passed one pile of stones covered with rabbit brush and grass, but didn't think that could be the site.
A few more pics here: Yucca House Natl Monument