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Hovenweep National Monument

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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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Remote and Serene

Amazing place. Imagine the work it took to build these towers and the isolated existence of the Anasazi who lived here. Would love to have had more time to explore. This is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Niceville, Florida
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Niceville, Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
28 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Amazing place. Imagine the work it took to build these towers and the isolated existence of the Anasazi who lived here. Would love to have had more time to explore. This is a very remote location. Be sure to have plenty of gas in your tank if you drive out here as there are no services close by. No entry... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

A visit of this remote historic site can be highly recommended. A nice hike provides access to amazing places and monuments of great American history.

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Mesa Verde NP has dwellings in natural alcoves. Hovenweep NM has dwellings built on the canyon rims with great architecture also. It is worth the drive to continue to experience and attempt to understand the culture that built all of the dwellings in the four corners area and beyond. We continue to marvel at the beauty and ability of the... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We were travelling in the area and decided to take the longer route between Moab and Mesa Verde after finding this National Park on the map. This is well off the main road and without the GPS we would have thought we were lost as there is little signage or traffic. The roads are two way and not well maintained... More 

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Spring Creek, Nevada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This small park holds a special place for us as it was our first anniversary when we visited the first time and this year was our tenth when we went back. This small ancient Pueblo site has a beautiful campground, nice visitors center and options for up to a 2 mile loop trail around the ruins. The scenery is stunning,... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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91 reviews 91 reviews
56 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I decided at the very last minute to make a detour to see this national monument as we were traveling to Canyon de Chelly to Mesa Verde National Park. It was amazing because it allowed us to see a much larger, more permanent community with significantly different building materials beyond just adobe. The towers and buildings (many more than 800... More 

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Vincentown, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This place should be a National Park. It has fantastic remains of an ancient civilization. We spent an enjoyable morning walking the loop trail and taking photos.

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Pittsburgh, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Hovenweep is a beautiful National Monument with spectacular views. TBH, we were a little spoiled by the amazingness of Mesa Verde N.M. previous to our visit here, so Hovenweep seemed a little underwhelming, but it is still amazing and completely worthwhile.

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New Caney, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We took Hwy 262 off of Hwy 191, between Blanding and Bluff. Go past the Hatch Trading Post ( didn't look like anyone was there) , take a slight right just past the trading post and watch for signs..The Hovenweep signs are not large. This drive goes through a lot of desert with no facilities, so get what you need... More 

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colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Took some time to find as its part of the Canyons of the Ancients and if you map that you'll find many different ares your taken to. Hovenweep is just wow....When your driving there you wondeer if you took a wrong turn but out in the middle of nowhere it pops up. We went to Mesa Verde the day before... More 

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S B, Manager at Hovenweep National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for the great rating. Although our outlier units are within Canyon of the Ancients, we are not affiliated with them. Canyon of the Ancients is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Hovenweep is managed by the National Park Service. I know, confusing at times. But we work together to protect these wonderful places. More 

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