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Hovenweep National Monument

Blanding, UT
970-562-4282
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Ranked #7 of 15 Attractions in Blanding
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues
Description: Six ancient ruins sites set in a beautiful desert landscape.
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Richmond, Indiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Yes, the Ruins Trail at the Visitor Center is worth the 2 hour hike (no shade, take water). The loop trail drops 80' into the canyon and back up so be prepared to do some steps. Better than Mesa Verde and without the crowds. We also stopped at the Painted Hand Ruins. To say the least, it is under visited... More

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utah
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We weren't sure if Hovenweep was worth the time to see it. We are glad we went. The visitors center is the place to start as that is where a two-mile walk around the ridge to see the ruins up close begins. It takes about 1 1/2 hour to two hours to walk around and see the remaining ruins. We... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Good place to get close to ruins and walk paths. This is not too large, walk was easy but hot in July. Good place to image how life might have been so many years ago. We saw a great colorful lizard on the path, a real treat.

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We visited Hovenweep on 11AUG2014 after spending the day at Mesa Verde National Park. Even though we knew not to use the GPS to navigate there, we did and got lost an hour out of our way. But we didn't give up and eventually made it there. Knowing the park closes at 6pm and we would be getting there a... More

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San Diego
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24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was our second trip to Hovenweep. We did not get to the Holly site last time so we started out there. It has a nice tower and some petroglyphs -- rock art. We then took the loop trip around the main site near the excellent visitor center and had a picnic at a table next to our parked car.... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We rolled in at 6 pm with no reservation and got a spot! So great, LOADS of stars to see, no obnoxious generators and yummy water from the taps. We highly recommend this camp site and great walking trails!

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Top Contributor
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43 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

First regarding an early evaluator wanting to get off trail to snatch up some artifacts, I say Don't!! If everyone takes something, we've just sterilized the place. Archeology and excavations are better left to experts who can scientifically date and categorize and display for all to see. This place is worth the visit. There's a nice visitors center with clean... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was a fantastic walk through ancient times! They have several trails. If at any way not able to walk distant, stay on short trail. The longest trail down through the canyon and back up the opposite side is a fantastic trail but wearing proper shoes and a hiking stick is encouraged. Don't miss this one, it is very interesting!

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LINDSAY
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The park is a sleepy hollow with an eye opening experience. Really enjoyed the easy walking route around the canyon to see the ruins. We did not have this place on our agenda but glad we found it. Not very busy and we had the whole park to ourselves to explore the trail and experience the quiet solitude the native... More

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Osceola, AR
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43 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a place for archeology.. but you can't get off the hiking path to look for anything. Sure, the buildings/ruins are old.. but the place is filled with stuff like this. It surely must be kept and preserved, but overall, it's another Native American Indian site with several ruins. Hike is simple and enjoyable.

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