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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
Phone Number: 970-562-4282
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Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
Description: Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruins all built around...
Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruins all built around 1200 AD.
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Surprise Attraction that was Fascinating.

Driving to the 4-Corners monument we saw signs for Hovenweep National Monument and it piqued our interest. Apparently we are not up on our National Parks/Monuments as we had no... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Lakewood, Colorado
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Lakewood, Colorado
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Driving to the 4-Corners monument we saw signs for Hovenweep National Monument and it piqued our interest. Apparently we are not up on our National Parks/Monuments as we had no idea what Hovenweep was or why it was a National Monument. But wanting to do something different, we decided to swing by the site on our way back from 4-Corners... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This vast archeological site is over 700 years old and was once a thriving community. Today, you can choose to walk the easy path, a paved sidewalk to an overlook or if you want to see the entire canyon and all the buildings, you can take the two mile round trip hike, which is easy as well. The two mile... More 

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Bozeman MT
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5 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It takes a little effort to get here, but it's worth it. We were here in Feb ( a 60 degree day) and were the only ones here. It was easy to get into the feel of what this place must have been like in the 12th century. The buildings are similar to Mesa Verde, but not as many. You... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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34 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT (UTAH’S HIDDEN BYWAYS XVIII) HOVENWEEP, a word whispered on the wind. It is a word that speaks of a lost ancient people in an ancient land, long covered by the mists of time. HOVENWEEP, where the old ones lived, thrived, and disappeared. It is a place of mystery, history, and ancient Native American cultures, steeped in the... More 

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Wellton, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you are interested in the early natives lives in the Four Corners Area I suggest you give Hovenweep National Monument a visit, Not a Mesa Verde but I got more of a feel for the natives and what it took for them to survive at Hovenweep. The monument is a worthwhile place to visit for the first time but... More 

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Pomona, California
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

If you have any interest at all in Anasazi Ruins then you must eventually see this place. Castles and round towers perched on the lip of a canyon. You can feel the energy of the place. I highly recommend the 2 mile walk around the well marked trail; just be prepared for a bit of climb as the trail takes... More 

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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Beautiful, quiet, haunting. I loved Hovenweep so much I used it in my book. Definitely worth the trip from Bluff where we stayed for two nights. Take the walk around the entire site to appreciate all of the amazing landscape.

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DC
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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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3 helpful votes 3 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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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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