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“Great trail walk to ruins that will amaze you.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument
Blanding, UT
970-562-4282
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Ranked #8 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.
Clermont, Florida
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“Great trail walk to ruins that will amaze you.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

Do not miss the whole rim walk for all the ruins as the buildings are in pretty good shape and ready for photographs. The trip on the way to Mesa Verde is equal both ways,
One is VERY winding and the other takes you through the Valley of the Ancients.

Visited June 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Beautiful views and amazing history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

If in the area this is a must see. You can easily access it from 191 (half way between Blanding and Bluff Utah) on 262. Don't get discouraged as you drive along 262. There are really trashy looking houses and the road is littered with trash and empty beer and soda bottles. This hwy is nothing to write home about and makes it hard to beleive anything of interest could possibly lie ahead. But it does! The road is paved all the way albeit a little rough and any vehicle can make the drive. Once you arrive the canyon and ruins are visible. It is one beautiful canyon and quite different from the all so many red rock canyons of the area. It consists of large sandstone (I think) rocks but they are whiteish. Pinon pine and junipers cover the nearby terrain as well as the valley floor. The ruins look really unstable since many are on rock bed which is sliding down the hill. They are still amazing structures to look at. The National Park service has wonderful facilities and drinking water. They have a really nice network of paths which allow you to get up close to the ruins without disturbing them while keeping you safe and giving you the best views of the canyon. Warning. Stay on the trails and leave everything you come across alone. They have people disguised as tourist watching you and will gladly give you a $275 fine.
There is a fee to enter but that is waived if you have a senior pass.

Visited April 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Worth the drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We camped one night in the Hovenweep campground. I definitely recommend staying at least one night if not two to have enough time to explore all of the various sites. The facilities (VC and campground) are stellar (clean and very we'll kept). We took out tent trailer and two small children and they can accomodate both tents and trailers. Rangers were so nice and the campground was awesome with flush toilets, nice fire pits, and covered tables. Quiet, beautiful place to spend time in the desert!

Visited April 2013
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Dallas
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I only rate it a 3 because for me it was less impressive than some other ruins but very worth the stop. Ah, I'll give it a 4 instead since I like the isolation. I was on my way by motorcycle from Durango to the Moki Dugway and Monument Valley and on to Kayenta, AZ. Was it ever hot. Take water just in case and check your fuel before you head out. There is drinking water there and I had plenty with me. It is really in "Nowhere", Utah. I wasn't sure I'd ever find it. I did have to guess which way to go at least once. But I like these out of the way places most people never see. The visitor's center is nice and the rangers seemed glad to see me. A couple was there in a motorhome and another motorcycle rider came in while I was leaving. The hiking trails did not seem too rough. The trail signage was very good. If you have the time take the hike.

Visited June 2012
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Roosevelt, Utah
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“I Love Hovenweep!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Visited over Solstice weekend in December 2012; the park was frozen and had plenty of snow but the visit was still as memorable as other times I've been there. The Park Service has done a wonderful job making this area easier to get to, and the ruins themselves are amazing. If you're really into ancestral Puebloan ruins you must visit!

Visited December 2012
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