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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 84534
Phone Number: 19705624282
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
Description: 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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Smaller unit of NPS but very impressed with main trail around canyon, easy to follow up close to ruins, great facilities at visitor center

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Springville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Smaller unit of NPS but very impressed with main trail around canyon, easy to follow up close to ruins, great facilities at visitor center

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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We spent some time here...was a very informative locale, and totally worth our time. Visit the main Monument Center first....will make life sooo much easier! Nearly better than Mesa Verde!

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Lewiston, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This was a wonderful place to visit. The beginning of the trail was blacktopped and handicap accessible. Plenty of benches to be able to rest along the way. Just make sure you bring plenty of water to drink.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

An unexpected gem in the middle of nowhere. I suggest the 2 mile Square Tower group. Moderately strenuous hike but worth it if you enjoy visiting this type of ruin. I suggest that you do this early in the day as possible as there is no shade available. I suggest using using a map and GPS to find this place.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This monument can be hard to find and is spread out but it is worth the effort to locate. The views from the overlooks are mind-boggling. A great plus is that it is very dog-friendly and Fido on a leash can go on just about all the trails. However, it gets really hot there and if you take a dog... More 

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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great monument. Excellent minimalist trail laid out by arranging occasional small rock cairns to either side of the trail to keep us on the meandering path (and off of the less travelled areas). Walk was not too strenuous, but bring water if you go in the heat of summer.

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Port Saint Lucie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We had no plans to stop at this monument, but we are so glad that we did! It is quite a ride, but the scenery makes the drive worth it. Be sure to watch the movie at the visitors center v

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Craig, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Some folks consider the ruins here less than impressive compared to Mesa Verde - I disagree. They are different, not the cliff type ruins - most are on the ground. When I visited we didn't run into a soul, even though Mesa Verde on the previous day was crowded. The desert is quiet - which is good for the soul.... More 

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We decided to extend our tent site one night at Mess Verde one night to do Hovenweep. We were not disappointed. It is in the middle of nowhere. We loved the 2 mile canyon hike and the video at the visitors center. Mesa Verde is a must so this place doesn't get many visitors.

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Riverton, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I have mixed feelings about Hovenweep. On the one hand, the visitors center is great, the rangers are great and the hike that starts at the visitors center (2 miles roundtrip) is excellent. Great Indian city ruins. However, the place is at least one hours drive from anywhere else...in the middle of nothing. While there are three other small hikes... More 

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