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Hovenweep National Monument

McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
970-562-4282
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Cultural
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
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Owner description: Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruins all built around 1200 AD.
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DC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

OK, this is 20-40 miles off the usual main routes, which in Western terms isn't that big a deal, but seesm daunting to some. I drove in from Bluff and left via County Road G. The Utah route was well marked in terms of signs for the monument, but the route numbers didn't correspond to directions on the Monument website--the... More

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Page, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is an incredible place where the Pueblo Indians built towers and other structures in a small canyon. It is unbelievable how tall and big some of these structures are and that they are still mostly intact after so many hundreds of years! A must see!

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Edmonton, Canada
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169 reviews 169 reviews
25 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Knowing Hovenweep was near our route of travel we decided to stop in and see what was there. The trail is easy and the walk was nice although I think in the summer it could be somewhat oppressive. I did like seeing the 'village', how the people may have thought about the siting of the dwellings and seeing the sophisticated... More

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Okc
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80 reviews 80 reviews
42 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We did this the same day as the natural bridges. I would not travel way out of the way for this, but since we were near, it was a good stop. It was roughly a 2 mile loop hike Ina and out of a canyon. Not hard, but not flat paved either. Structures were cool, but Mesa verde better

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Elgin, Illinois USA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We loved the quantity and quality of the ruins in the park. The loop trail from the visitor center is well maintains and offers lovely views. The park is a little difficult to find on some GPS devices and many maps make it appear that most of the roads are unpaved. The trip through the park is actually a great... More

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Sebastopol, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It's well worth the drive. Not far from Cortez if your also going to Mesa Verde. Very nice visitor center with lots of info, picnic areas,nice restrooms and water. The trail around the monuments is an easy walk with lots to see.

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Murray, Utah
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a little out of the way, and if you can only visit a couple of places, this would not be the top priority. However, if you have seen most of the spectacular places in the Southwest, then a visit to this monument is certainly worth your time. It is a peaceful, non crowded place with some great ruins... More

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Charlotte, Nc
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68 reviews 68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Square Tower Group of ruins, which is in a circular hike near the Visitor's Center, is good to see. But some of the outlying ruins such as the Cutthroat Castle ruins are even more interesting. You've got to go down some unpaved roads to get to it, but it's worth it.

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

the ruins are in the best shape of all the ruins that we have seen. you can get very close to them to visualize what they originally looked like. it is about a 2 mile easy walk to see all of them. the castle is huge for the time period.

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Norfolk, VA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

don't waste your time out of the way n not much to see. all this stuff starts to run together by the end of day

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