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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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Take water, long drive but worth it. Close to four corners. A real gem and an beautiful drive to get to it. Great gift shop with a one and a half mile hike to see all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Take water, long drive but worth it. Close to four corners. A real gem and an beautiful drive to get to it. Great gift shop with a one and a half mile hike to see all the ruins. Must go see.

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Hovenweep is off the beaten path, but the roads are good, and empty. It was a joy - lovely ruins, pretty canyon, pleasant 1 hour hike to see everything. The ruins here are on the top of the canyon, not cliff houses, but towers essentially. If you like ruins, do go here.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is by far one of my favorite places. I have been to Hovenweep many times and each time is like a new experience. The ancient Pueblo Indian ruins are simply majestic.

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Waynesboro, Tennessee
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37 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

These ancient people built very different type buildings. This can be a very easy walk to see the ruins or take the harder hike around the rim of the canyon. We took the easy walk to the rim edge to take photos . There are buildings right there within a few feet of the viewing platform. I highly recommend.

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Canyon Lake, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Hovenweep is a little off the beaten path but well worthwhile to visit. The best hike in my opinion, is the one to the Hackberry Holly units. Nice views and you cross into Colorado while on the trail. (look for the marker) Camping sites are good, and having facilities are a plus.

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Logan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Loved the area. Hiking trail was interesting, but thoroughly enjoyed it! You meet interesting people on the hiking trails.

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Lehi, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The road to get there was very long! It was already hot by the end of May--I would not go later in the year. It was worth seeing this puzzling piece of history. We didn't walk the entire 2 miles because of the heat, and you can see most of it by walking about a half-mile.

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Fairfield, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Easy access and level walk ways. Free so that's a treat as well. Well maintained. Beautiful view. Staff was extremely helpful and informing.

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Kearns, Utah
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Hovenweep is a testament of human ingenuity and determination! The spirit of the past bears witness to this as you walk these sacred grounds where ancient people lived and labored. It's difficult to comprehend how any human could survive in such an inhospitable environment, but the Anasazi actually thrived here! A full day is needed to see each of the... More 

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Fenton, Missouri, United States
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

There was a short 3 mile trail behind the visitor's center that was awesome. Lots of ruins and the trail was very easy..However we did not go all the way around and down into the canyon, we choose to back track the trail. This is a gem in the middle of no where!

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Address: Address: McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
Phone Number: 970-562-4282
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cortez

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