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Hovenweep National Monument

Address: McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
Phone Number: 970-562-4282
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Monuments & statues, Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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: National Parks, Monuments & statues, Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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Bozeman MT
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

It takes a little effort to get here, but it's worth it. We were here in Feb ( a 60 degree day) and were the only ones here. It was easy to get into the feel of what this place must have been like in the 12th century. The buildings are similar to Mesa Verde, but not as many. You... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT (UTAH’S HIDDEN BYWAYS XVIII) HOVENWEEP, a word whispered on the wind. It is a word that speaks of a lost ancient people in an ancient land, long covered by the mists of time. HOVENWEEP, where the old ones lived, thrived, and disappeared. It is a place of mystery, history, and ancient Native American cultures, steeped in the... More 

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Wellton, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

If you are interested in the early natives lives in the Four Corners Area I suggest you give Hovenweep National Monument a visit, Not a Mesa Verde but I got more of a feel for the natives and what it took for them to survive at Hovenweep. The monument is a worthwhile place to visit for the first time but... More 

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Pomona, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
37 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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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22 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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
21 helpful votes 21 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
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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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171 reviews 171 reviews
25 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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102 reviews 102 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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