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Hovenweep National Monument

Address: McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
Phone Number: 970-562-4282
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Cultural
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: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Cultural
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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Boston
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172 reviews 172 reviews
48 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We visited this gem and were very glad that we did. We took a few old country roads to get there but the journey was well worth it. We actually liked this place MORE than Mesa Verde. All of the ancient structures from Native American past were awesome to see. The hike around the structures was very enjoyable. This place... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We knew the Park was in the area, and while driving from Cortez to Shiprock we saw the sign along the road. We turned off the main road and followed the sign down County Road G. Well 42 miles and probably 1.5 hours later we arrived. The County Road is 1.5 to 2 lanes wide, winding, up and down. When... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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209 reviews 209 reviews
65 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This was an easy two mile walk through ancient pueblo ruins, most constructed between 1230 to 1275 A.D. The signature structures are the round, square and D-shaped towers you can see along Little Ruin Canyon. Make sure you get the Little Ruin Trail Guide from the Visitor Center. It does a very good job of explaining the the many things... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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89 reviews 89 reviews
20 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Hovenweep National Monument is a spectacular national monument to visit albeit it is in a very remote location of southeast Utah. It is over 40 miles from Blanding, UT and I believe Cortez, CO. Nevertheless, instead of seeing ruins along the cliff edges as you see in Mesa Verde National Park, CO, you see the remarkable ruins out in the... More 

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NC
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114 reviews 114 reviews
42 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Loved all the many sites and architecture of the old dwellings. Good film. Good short walk for viewing some areas if you have a disability although you can't walk the whole trail from the Visitor Center if you have a disability issue. We were able to travel in our high clearance vehicle to sites away from the Visitor Center, and... More 

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Kettering, Ohio
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310 reviews 310 reviews
41 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Southwest Colorado, southeast Utah, and Northeastern Arizona, and Northwestern New Mexico and an adventurous and interesting place to visit. Do the big parks and the small to get a feel for the area.

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Melbourne, Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Beautifully constructed remains of ancient buildings around the edge of a canyon. You walk around the trail at the edge of the canyon stopping at the marked sites of the various ruins. The track is a little rough but not too strenuous. The only downside is the relatively long drive to get there! Worth seeing though.

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Waddy, Kentucky
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Hovenweep is really out of the way, and in the middle of nowhere. We were only able to see the Square Tower Group, as the entire park is spread out across 20+ miles and not easy to get to. Recommend if you like learning about ancient Indian cultures. Was neat to see, but you aren't able to go into the... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Squeezed a trip into Hovenweep between doing the Four Corners Monument and the Mesa Verde. Had a nice walk around the well marked paths, uneven surface after the paved area finishes. Took an hour and the recommendation to take bottled water very important, hat and sun screen too.Cost just $6 to visit.

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Albany, OR
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211 reviews 211 reviews
89 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Hovenweep was a total surprise, since we had never heard of it and were looking for things off the beaten track. There's a small visitor center, and the ruins are in great shape and very visible. You can get close to most, without actually touching them, and there are two loops (one longer) to tour the ruins. Worth a trip.

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