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“Different than other sites” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument
Blanding, UT
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Blanding
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues
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Owner description: Six ancient ruins sites set in a beautiful desert landscape.
Cortez, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Different than other sites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

You walk around the edges of a canyon, then down through it. This isn't for little children unless you have a back pack or anyone having climbing problems. You do go at your own speed. The sites at Mesa Verde are across the canyons unless you are on a tour. This is so neat because you go on your own. You will see some towers and other interesting shapes there. One warning: it gets very hot. I took my Granddaughter one day that it was 105. There are ramadas for a picnic and a campground.

Visited September 2012
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English first
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167 reviews 167 reviews
30 attraction reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Worth the Extra 20+ Mile Drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Two years ago, we decided to skip this monument because of the long drive on an unpaved road. Most of the road is now paved, and the Native American ruins are spectacular.

Carry water during the summer. The 100F+ heat wrings out any hydration you have.

Visited July 2012
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Sunbury, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice, off the beaten path”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012 via mobile

This isn't a big park, and is out-of-the-way, but has very interesting ruins. We did not make the trek around the whole 2 mile circuit, as it was just so hot. In just the portion we walked, you could see the ruins across the canyon as you walked along the trail. It was really neat just walking around the canyon.

The added bonus was the drive. We drove in from Cortez via Dolores, but returned the southern route. Beautiful desert and canyons and desolate farms. It's really just fascinating to see how people brave the harsh environment to make a living.

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Ventura, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
77 attraction reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“One of the biggest secrets in the 4 corners area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We loved Hovenweep National Monument for its isolation and complete lack of crowds. We hiked the 2 mile Little Ruin Canyon loop which took us through some amazing dwellings that were different than Cave dwellings; these were Stone laid buildings shaped in squares, circles, and even “D shaped” units which were entered from the top by ladder. The trail originates from the Visitor center and is easy, but it’s at a 6000’ elevation so you might need to take your time here. We also visited the Cut Throat Group which was accessible via a dirt road off of HWY 10 and was easy to drive with a high clearance vehicle. This group of dwellings was very intriguing and we had the whole place to ourselves! Hovenweep is in both Utah and Colorado and there are many other canyons filled with undiscovered relics and ruins all around this area. I highly recommend spending time here if you like the thrill of discovery; you can hike these canyons for days and find places nobody has been in hundreds, maybe thousands of years.

From the Cut Throat group in Hovenweep, it was an easy drive to Lowry Pueblo in Colorado and again, we had the entire place to ourselves. Lowry Pueblo is wonderful because they have dwellings you can enter and see what it was like to live in these homes. There is also a huge Kiva, a circular structure that served as a place of worship, a place of learning, and a place for socializing! Lowry Pueblo is very family friendly and completely a hands-on kind of place and we were glad we drove to it. Driving back to Bluff, I noticed many canyons in the seemingly flat land because I had learned that this deceptively flat looking land is actually filled with huge canyons everywhere. Now I started noticing things I had never noticed before.

Visited March 2012
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North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Uncrowded and peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

This site is peaceful - you can hike around at your own pace and get close to the ruins. No need to get tour tickets, no crowds. It's captivating. And yes, there are great photo ops.

Visited June 2012
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