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Hovenweep National Monument

McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
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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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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 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
46 helpful votes 46 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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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43 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

First, don't trust your Garmin or GPS! Get a map and follow the map directions. The place is unusual. It is an isolated place and there are few services. You are out of the Cortez/Delores area by about 20 miles. The ruins consist of towers around springs at the head of canyons. The functions of the towers are unclear. Tower... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Another great archaeological site. Down 25 miles of bad gravel road, but worth the trip if your car will do it.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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110 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The Square Tower Trail, a two-mile, self-guided loop that’s accessible from the visitor center at Hovenweep, provides a convenient way to see the numerous Ancestral Puebloan ruins along and within Little Ruin Canyon. If you need to hurry, you can easily do the loop in two hours. Colorado Jim and I weren’t in a hurry, so we jumped at the... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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350 attraction reviews
454 helpful votes 454 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Hovenweep has very unique architecture and should be de rigeuer for a visit to early puebloan ancestral life along with Aztec National Monument, Navajo National Monument, Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. No one site is sufficient. Hovenweep offers a walk of an hour or two near the visitor center that affords visits of many towers and other structures. Beyond that... More

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Palisade, Colorado
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Very knowledgeable staff and very helpful. Shared places to eat and visit. Highly recommend you stop in and see.

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3 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I wish the park rangers would tell us where the pictoglyphs are, but I understand there's been so much destruction and looting they want to keep it secret. If you're interested in seeing the ancient buildings (sadly, no pictoglyphs), it's worth the drive out here. Take lots of cold water and sunscreen and snacks -- there are no services out... More

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