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“Beautiful views and amazing history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument
McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 84534
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Driving, Camping, Hiking
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruin sites all built around 1200 AD. Hovenweep is 42 miles from Cortez, CO and approximately 48 from Blanding, UT
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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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

First visit. I was hesitant to go, because I thought it would be like Mesa Verde, but it is so different. Amazing ruins, awesome location on the Utah/Colorado state line, loved the remote sites too.

Visited March 2013
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Delta
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“Serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Hovenweep is a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth the trip. We came here in February and obviously no visitors at this time. The visitor center was very nice and surprisingly staffed for this time of year. The total loop was roughly 2 miles long and was dog friendly, leashed of course. Well marked trail, multiple dwellings all unique features. We were fortunate or unfortunate, depending how you look at it, that a snow storm rolled in halfway along the trail. What a different perspective this gives you to a time so long ago. A must see.

Visited February 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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Farmington, New Mexico
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“Awesome Towers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Although it is a little out of the way, it is definitely worth the trip. The main site is an easy 2 mile loop that gives views both afar and up close. The far sites show how this was a thriving community that interacted well.

Visited March 2013
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