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“Quite and beautiful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument
McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
970-562-4282
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient ruins, Monuments & statues, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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.
Belper
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“Quite and beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The self-guided tour lets you wander at will and the lack of crowds lets you travel back in time. The views across the canyon give you a taste for what you will see as you walk the trails. It is a very open site - take water and sun protection.

Visited September 2012
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Connecticut
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“Liked this park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Pretty out of the way but we seem to be ruins junkies so it was worth the drive for us. Not too many people were here on the day we visited so it was a lovely hike along a canyon rim. Very peaceful.

Visited September 2012
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“Worth the drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

These ruins are worth the drive. Very scenic drive. Very good interpretative site. The place is spread out so do some research before you go so you know where to visit. Or just go to the main National Park visitor's center and see the main canyon of ruins. There is a 2-mile walk around them all, but it's not very strenuous. Bring water!!

Visited September 2012
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Massachusetts
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“Remote but Remarkable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Hovenweep feels, to Easterners who don't drive hundreds of miles each day, like it's at the end of the earth. We kept wondering if we were on the right track as we traversed miles and miles of rather bleak landscape. We were relieved and pleased to arrive at last and quickly realized it was well worth the trip. (People we met later in Canyon de Chelly said it also has a terrific campground. We should have considered staying there overnight.) Don't miss walking all around the edge of the canyon and take the time to stop and commune with those who came before. There's a nice, orienting video to watch in the rather basic Visitors Center. One other tip: heading out from Cortez via McElmo Canyon is definitely the way to go.

Visited August 2012
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“Worth the Drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

It's off the beaten track but well worth the drive. It's different than the cliff dwellings but just as interesting. To get an overview, you walk down a wide paved path to the canyons edge about 300 yards. Great opportunity for someone in a wheelchair to see actual ruins. That's not really the case at Mesa Verde.

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