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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

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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Nice drive

We took the circle route on the advice of a lovely lady at the tourist information building . The drive was quite nice, there were some nice ruins to see , the scenery was nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Northern Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the circle route on the advice of a lovely lady at the tourist information building . The drive was quite nice, there were some nice ruins to see , the scenery was nice . We have taken better tours on this holiday , but this was okay . Just not special after being to Arches and Canyonland .

Thank dodi534
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Open all year round this national monument has a first come first served campground for 30 campers, a warm bathroom with running water, the ability to fill up water containers and interp Rangers to answer all your questions. The campground is $10 and self service (no credit cards accepted) and all the spots are on gravel. The visitor center is... More 

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west central ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here briefly on the way to Cortez. There are a lot of ruins here, not all easily accessible. Wish we would have had more time to hike to them. The road there is very dark and not well-traveled, so plan accordingly

Thank drsusan
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not nearly as large as the structures at Mesa Verde, but interesting none the less. The Rim Loop trail is a self guided hike of about a mile and takes you by 8 structures. You can do another 1/2 mile walk to the structure at Tower Point. The towers themselves are particularly interesting. The walk itself has some steep sections... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is indeed out of the way, a good hour's drive away from most anything else, be careful to ignore sat navs which may want to take you across country and use the campground entrance by the way. Part of the pleasure of Hovanweep is that unlike Mesa Verde it is not well known or as well visited. Of course... More 

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did about a mile or so walk around a trail to visit the various ruins. Very interesting. It might be a little hard for some people but you do not have to walk to entire trail to see the ruins. Also good presentation at the Visitors Center.

1 Thank MontanaWanderers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Forgotten city in the middle of nowhere. Nice add on if you're visiting Mesa Verde. Nice visitors center, few people, perfect!

1 Thank Sonja O
Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Located in the southeastern corner of Utah and reaching into Colorado, Hovenweep National Monument is a fascinating mystery. What remains under the rubble of fallen walls built in prehistoric times? How did the residents trim stones so perfectly and set them into place in circular walls? For those who have seen Mesa Verde, this is the next place to see.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Although we planned a ten-day trip centered on national parks in the southwest, Hovenweep was not on our original itinerary. Some unexpected flexibility in our schedule allowed us to make an afternoon side-trip to the park. We are glad to have had the opportunity, as Hovenweep turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip! First, we had... More 

1 Thank BocephusSolo
Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This place is just west of COTANM in Colorado. It has several hiking trails around the ruins, the longest of which is the most physically arduous, so we opted to take the mid range walk of the three self guided tours. Nice place to visit, but only after doing Mesa Verde NP.

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