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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 84534
Phone Number: 19705624282
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
Description: 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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I have mixed feelings about Hovenweep. On the one hand, the visitors center is great, the rangers are great and the hike that starts at the visitors center (2 miles roundtrip) is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Riverton, Utah
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Riverton, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I have mixed feelings about Hovenweep. On the one hand, the visitors center is great, the rangers are great and the hike that starts at the visitors center (2 miles roundtrip) is excellent. Great Indian city ruins. However, the place is at least one hours drive from anywhere else...in the middle of nothing. While there are three other small hikes... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you want to see pueblos go the Hovenweep National Monument. There is a great 1.5 mile trail that takes you to 11 pueblo ruin sites. very friendly staff as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The food in all accounts are good. But with any restaurant you have to pick and choose. They do not pressure you. They are reasonable along with common sense. But the food, well you can cook the same food at your house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We drove the loop from Bluff, Utah to Goose Neck State Park ( near Mexican hat) ..Monument Valley to 4 corners to Hovenweep. (Back to Monticello ) in one full day. The roads from 4 corners all paved and remote but w great scenery. At Hovenweep you feel like you can touch the sky. The ancient ruins are built on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

If you can't stay to do all the hikes, carve out four hours to take the two-mile easy hike around the Pueblo stone builders' village closest to the Visitor's Center. Have only 15 minutes? No problem. Walk down a paved walkway about 300 yards and you are in a world lived in yesterday. A place with ruins so close, you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A rarely visited National Monument, this is a wonderful location to walk around. It requires some reasonable road navigation to find but is best reached by Highway 262 off the U.S.-191 south of Blanding. There is a 2 mile trail around the Little Ruin Canyon containing the remains of some 10 buildings dated at 1230-1275 AD that were occupied by... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The facility was surprisingly nice considering it was in the middle of nowhere. The ruins were amazing to see, and it was different enough from Mesa Verde to make it worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I traveled from Cortez CO to visit a site with ancient ruins. During our travels in the Four Corners area we had seen many road signs advertising the National Monument. We drove the forty two miles to the Visitor Center and hiked the trail around the canyon. We really enjoyed the informative video after the hike in... More 

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Harbor City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Hovenweep is far from civilization but is worth the trip. The trail gives you a great view of all of the remaining structures. Certainly not as glamourous as Mesa Verde, but the sights give the traveller insight on how the Ancestral Puebloans lived. The staff were very courteous and helpful. I would recommend early morning or late afternoon self guided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Interesting stop, with Anasazi ruins. It's quite a drive out in the middle of nowhere. We went to the, Astronomy Program the offer and we loved it! Very professional and knowledgeable about the information they are telling. The Hovenweep trail isn't paved it does have terrain that requires a bit of effort, but isn't hard. The service there is great... More 

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Address: McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 84534
Phone Number: 19705624282
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cortez

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