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Hovenweep National Monument

Address: McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
Phone Number: 970-562-4282
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
Owner description: Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruins all built around 1200 AD.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
Owner description: Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruins all built around 1200 AD.
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Pomona, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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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169 reviews 169 reviews
25 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
53 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
37 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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