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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
Phone Number: 19705624282
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruin sites all built...

Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruin sites all built around 1200 AD. Hovenweep is 42 miles from Cortez, CO and approximately 48 from Blanding, UT

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Off the beaten track, but well worth the detour

We had this place mentioned to us by a fellow traveller a couple of days previous to our visit. We saw the sign on the highway and decided on a whim to go and visit. We were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Salford, England, United Kingdom
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Salford, England, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had this place mentioned to us by a fellow traveller a couple of days previous to our visit. We saw the sign on the highway and decided on a whim to go and visit. We were delighted we did. This place had some amazingly preserved Indian ruins - there was a walk of around 2 miles around the rim... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The main area is a 2.5 mile walk around a box canyon with ruins all the way. The canyon is not deep and the return is down and up the canyon. It is a beautiful spot, the visitors center is interesting and the ruins are well preserved. There is a longer trail for the adventurous. We walked the trail in... More 

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Thank bflambeaub
Westerville, Ohio
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246 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not heavily visited or staffed, but a very intriguing look into the was First Peoples lived here hundreds of years ago. Trails were well kept, some nice hiking.

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Thank AggieJoe79
Cortez, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is located in what many consider the archeological center of the southwest with such places as Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, etc, nearby and if this is an interest than Hovenweep should be on your destination list as well. It offers some very unique and interesting towers, lots of uncrowded hiking there as well as other connecting sites nearby(eg Cutthroat... More 

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Thank tornillo2015
Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a bit of a drive to get out to Hovenweep, but it is a fascinating place. We stopped before we got to the park to take in the COMPLETE silence. The hike around the park is not overly exerting, and the 900 year old structures let you imagine what life may have been like. Well worth the time to... More 

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Thank Allison399
Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While planning a winter visit to Mesa Verde National Park, the snow had other ideas. With no chains to continue up the mountain, the ranger suggested a visit to Hovenweep National Monument in UT. We took her advice and headed for UT. The park is off the beaten track, but well worth the visit. We hiked in snow, viewing the... More 

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Thank transybiker
Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We stumbled upon this National Park or Monument and are certainly glad that we did. It wasn't far from our planned route. The mystery and craftsmanship of the buildings were overwhelming. Definitely worth the time and effort for a worthwhile adventure.

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Thank D C C
Crested Butte, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Walked around loop by visitor center and saw houses by hackberry canyon. Friendly and knowledgeable ranger. Amazing

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Thank Andrew B
Stamford CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Did the loop tour of the ruins on both sides of the small canyon, a beautiful and easy walk. Extremely beautiful and interesting, and well worth the time to visit. Lots more information in the visitor center as well.

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Payson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Contrary to what some other reviewers have stated, this is a nice little monument that is a must see if you like Southwest history and culture. It was also nice to be away from the hordes of people that travel to the big sites like Mesa Verde. Camping is available on a first come first serve basis and cost $10... More 

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