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Hovenweep National Monument

McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Ancient Ruins
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
Description: Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruins all built around 1200 AD.
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Port Clinton, Ohio
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The ancient ruins were very interesting. The area is easy to find but on less traveled roads. Just follow the signs to the visitor center. There are many ruins that are visible on a short trail walk. You will see very old Pueblo buildings. There is also a longer trail for those able or wishing to do it. Be sure... More

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Columbus, Ohio
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This place is off the beaten path, but worth the effort to find it. The Park Service has a nice facility and a flush toilet with running water is a plus! No food here, but drinking water from a pump is available as are covered picnic tables. NOTE: this walking tour is full sun with only a spot or two... More

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Gallup, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

There is a concrete walk to the principle view site. We saw at least one wheelchair visitor. It is rare to have this available. The rest of the walk is a bit strenuous (bring water) but very beautiful indeed. Hovenweep has no penny memorabia smasher.... Whyyyyy! There is a really nice site intro movie. Worth it.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
14 reviews 14 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Hovenweep isn't on the way to anywhere, and it doesn't get the attention that the main marqee attractions of the region - all the better. Although the architecture isn't on the same scale as Mesa Verde, the setting is lovely and after the hustle and bustle and occassionally theme-park-like atmosphere of Mesa Verde, Hovenweep is a relaxing and enjoyable place... More

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Taos, New Mexico
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The trail around the little canyon was very easy to follow. The ruins were very accessible and just awesome to photograph. It's a little rocky and tricky in places down in the canyon, but really worthwhile.

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Seattle, Washington
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a bit out of the way but well worth the visit. A lovely roundtrip trail is also worth the visit.

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Aztec, New Mexico
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83 reviews 83 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

You have to want to get to these ruins since they are out of the way. You can get up close to them; but, you can't enter or crawl over them. For that go to Mesa Verde. The 2+ mile hike is easy enough to do and you get to see a few more ruins.

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Fayette, Missouri
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You certainly have to make an effort to get to Hovenweep and as another reviewer had said - don't rely on Garmin, Google Maps, etc. Follow the directions listed on the National Park Service web site. There will be signs at every turn. That said, we (a family of 5 with children ages 7-12) did enjoy our stop there. We... More

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Meridian, Idaho
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Have been through this area several times and never stopped there. Found on the map and decided to visit. We came in from the East side and was a county road, not real well maintained, but paved. Was a great stop! We went out the west and turned East on some more county roads, but they were great and in... More

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Herndon, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

One of a kind and very educational. Excellent National Park Service personnel. A real treasure to explore.

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