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“Remote, Peaceful Ruins” 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 #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.
Clinton, Ohio
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“Remote, Peaceful Ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

A group of very interesting ruins constructed circa 1200 A.D. by Native Americans. Quite interesting and mysterious...what happened to them, and why did they build such unusual structures?? You can look at will around a 2 mile trail, see about 1/2 of them on a handicapped acessible 1/2 mile round trip walk. Further exploration in a 4X4 will reveal sites away from the main group at the monument itself. Leashed pets welcome on the trails.

Visited October 2012
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“loved it!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

loved it ALL! There is a quiet about this place that makes you really think of how people might have lived

Visited September 2012
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“This place is amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

If you have a high clearance 4x4 truck and you're in the Hovenweep area, then you MUST make the drive (very slowly) to Cutthroat Canyon Castle. About 4 miles off the main road with the last mile having the 4x4 mandatory. But the castle ruins are fabulous and well worth the off-road drive.

Visited September 2012
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“Accessible and substantial ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

These are worth seeing. As is mentioned, there is a wheelchair path to the nearest ruin that also allows distant viewing of some others. A 45 minute hike which is not at all difficult allows close-up views of many ruins that are not too decayed. Visiting this site requires about a 30 mile drive into the countryside and a 30 mile return. These are not cliff dwellings but buildings on the canyon rim and the canyon bottom.

Visited September 2012
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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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