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Hovenweep National Monument

McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
970-562-4282
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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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Fayette, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Corpus Christi, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great history in the canyons. Their adobe dwellings are still in place. Good place to visit for history. Store closes at 6pm promptly.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Hovenweep consists of several sets of ruins within a 15-20 mile radius. We did a two mile loop on foot around the Square Tower group and drove to Cajon. We got an 8 a.m. start at Square Tower, and really enjoyed it. By the time we got to Cajon at 11 a.m., there was nothing left in our tank because... More

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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

For five bucks, it is a nice hike through pre-Columbus ruins and some nice vistas. Very hot in the summer. They do allow dogs on the trail but not in visitor center, so I didn't stay out for long. This is like a mini version of Mesa Verde, 50 miles away. Very remote, make sure you have gas!

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Etters, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you're into self exploration and taking your time, this is an excellent location to visit. It's been one of my favorites since my first visit in 2005 and it remains one of my favorites in 2014. While you still have to stay on the path, you can take as long as you'd like or go as quickly as you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Much easier to navigate than Mesa Verde, much less crowded and a spectacular site. If staying at Kelly Place, you are equidistant from Mesa Verde and Hovenweep. Both are worth the time and effort to visit, but Hovenweep gives you a much stronger sense of the physical isolation which the early inhabitants experienced.

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Berea, Ohio, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Hovenweep is a great park to visit, however, it is EXTREMELY difficult to get to. It's easier to access it coming from the East and if you came in that way (on a paved road), make sure you go out the same way you came in, regardless of where you are intending to go when you leave. I argued with... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Arguably, this may be one of the most isolated places in the Four Corners: certainly few spots convey such a sense of desolation. This is not a place on the scale of Mesa Verde and will appeal most to those with a strong interest in the archeology of America for its unique series of ruins. Even a day trip here... More

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