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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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Out of the way but easy walk to see some neat ruins.

This was a 42-mile drive from Cortez. Not a bad drive, but a 2-lane paved road that seemed to go on forever in the middle of nowhere. We arrived to the visitor center, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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348 reviews 348 reviews
206 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was a 42-mile drive from Cortez. Not a bad drive, but a 2-lane paved road that seemed to go on forever in the middle of nowhere. We arrived to the visitor center, which still appeared to be in the middle of nowhere. We did the walk around the entire rim - part of the walk has you going down... More 

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Malden, Missouri
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70 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

You have to drive quite a long way to get here; some of the roads were only surface treated but we did not have any trouble. You also drive thru open range so you have to be on the lookout for horses and cows that may be in the road. The visitor center and trails look very new and are... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Wonderful anasazi visitor center and side canyon. Neighboring ruins are also worth visiting. The hike from McElmo Canyon to the visitor center is something we haven't had a chance to complete yet, but the first part of it was a great way to spend a morning.

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Ogden, Utah
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131 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We have been to Southern Utah many, many times and never seen this national monument. It is quite amazing to see these ruins of ancient native Americans. There is a fairly easy hike which is a mile and half to do the whole loop. But youncan do half the hike and still see most of the ruins. There is no... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We camped here while visiting Mesa Verde, the sites are cheap and have little protection from the elements. It's a great hike looking around the ruins, about two miles. My two year old did it with ease though:)

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Lakewood, Colorado
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15 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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177 helpful votes 177 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
5 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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41 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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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