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

Hovenweep National Monument
McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
970-562-4282
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
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Owner description: Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruins all built around 1200 AD.
Cortez, Colorado
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34 reviews
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“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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Victoria, Canada
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“Excellent place to visit but don't use the GPS!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

WARNING! Don't use the GPS. You'll be very sorry and feel lost in the middle of no where. We wasted so much time driving through farm roads and rocky gravel. Go in through the south entrance. When we finally reached the visitor's centre, it was well worth the trip. Hike the entire circle and see how the Pueblo lived. They are amazing structures and surprisingly good to be on the edge of a cliff. Use your imagination and guess what each structure was used for. If you do the entire circle, you get to go down to the canyon and come back up. The hike down and up was not that bad. A little climbing is required. Excellent views and a must visit. Lots to see even if you've been to Mesa Verde. Budget 1-1.25hrs for hiking and learning about the buildings. I think most people are just frustrated about the dirt road. Although I arrived when the visitor's centre was closed, it looked like there was much to see inside as well.

Visited August 2012
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Chino Valley, Arizona
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“Not too much to see.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

It is a long drive to get here. Get direction and don’t use a GPS as it will take you down the back dirt streets.
There is not that much to see here. After seeing Mesa Verde there was not much here.

Visited August 2012
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“Awe-inspiring”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Quiet reserve with a well-designed information centre that fits in well with its environment. Great spot for a wheel-chair bound tourist to visit because you can see the majority of the old buildings easily. We walked the rim of the canyon in about an hour and a half and took lots of photos. Loved the atmosphere.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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“Hovenweep”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

You really have to want it! The road that Kelly Place is on will take you to Hovenweep, but will take you a solid hour to drive the poor road to a hole in the ground, with limited facilities. We came, saw and left in 20 minutes.

Visited August 2012
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