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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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A sense of history

We were travelling in the area and decided to take the longer route between Moab and Mesa Verde after finding this National Park on the map. This is well off the main road and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We were travelling in the area and decided to take the longer route between Moab and Mesa Verde after finding this National Park on the map. This is well off the main road and without the GPS we would have thought we were lost as there is little signage or traffic. The roads are two way and not well maintained... More 

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Spring Creek, Nevada
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This small park holds a special place for us as it was our first anniversary when we visited the first time and this year was our tenth when we went back. This small ancient Pueblo site has a beautiful campground, nice visitors center and options for up to a 2 mile loop trail around the ruins. The scenery is stunning,... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I decided at the very last minute to make a detour to see this national monument as we were traveling to Canyon de Chelly to Mesa Verde National Park. It was amazing because it allowed us to see a much larger, more permanent community with significantly different building materials beyond just adobe. The towers and buildings (many more than 800... More 

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Vincentown, New Jersey
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This place should be a National Park. It has fantastic remains of an ancient civilization. We spent an enjoyable morning walking the loop trail and taking photos.

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Pittsburgh, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Hovenweep is a beautiful National Monument with spectacular views. TBH, we were a little spoiled by the amazingness of Mesa Verde N.M. previous to our visit here, so Hovenweep seemed a little underwhelming, but it is still amazing and completely worthwhile.

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New Caney, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We took Hwy 262 off of Hwy 191, between Blanding and Bluff. Go past the Hatch Trading Post ( didn't look like anyone was there) , take a slight right just past the trading post and watch for signs..The Hovenweep signs are not large. This drive goes through a lot of desert with no facilities, so get what you need... More 

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colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Took some time to find as its part of the Canyons of the Ancients and if you map that you'll find many different ares your taken to. Hovenweep is just wow....When your driving there you wondeer if you took a wrong turn but out in the middle of nowhere it pops up. We went to Mesa Verde the day before... More 

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S B, Manager at Hovenweep National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for the great rating. Although our outlier units are within Canyon of the Ancients, we are not affiliated with them. Canyon of the Ancients is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Hovenweep is managed by the National Park Service. I know, confusing at times. But we work together to protect these wonderful places. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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366 reviews
215 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was a 42-mile drive from Cortez. Not a bad drive, but a 2-lane paved road that seemed to go on forever in the middle of nowhere. We arrived to the visitor center, which still appeared to be in the middle of nowhere. We did the walk around the entire rim - part of the walk has you going down... More 

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Malden, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

You have to drive quite a long way to get here; some of the roads were only surface treated but we did not have any trouble. You also drive thru open range so you have to be on the lookout for horses and cows that may be in the road. The visitor center and trails look very new and are... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Wonderful anasazi visitor center and side canyon. Neighboring ruins are also worth visiting. The hike from McElmo Canyon to the visitor center is something we haven't had a chance to complete yet, but the first part of it was a great way to spend a morning.

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

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