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“Hovenweep National Monument” 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 #2 of 12 Attractions in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Monuments & statues, Ancient ruins, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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.
Richmond, Virginia
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“Hovenweep National Monument”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was an impressive site, particularly since we had spent the previous day on tour at Mesa Verde seeing Cliff Palace, Spruce House, and Balcony House plus other sites. The area is in the middle of no where but well worth the time. The ranger staff was helpful in suggesting we do the down into the canyon and hike out on the early part of the 2-mile loop. It wasn't a difficult hike at all. We could get close to the sites, many of which were built right on the edge of the canyon. We had learned about the bread-loaf style of architecture during one of our tours and many of the structures here exhibited it. Very well done. It was hot and anyone taking the 2-mile loop walk should take plenty of water.

Visited May 2013
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Atlanta
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“Out of the way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

This place is a little further out but worth a visit if you have the time. There are a lot of ruins here that are different from the ones at Mesa Verde. Nice path but is very hot with little shade. The breeze was most welcomed.

Visited June 2013
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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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Stafford, Virginia
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“Great Detour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We spontaneously decided to visit Hovenweep on the way to Four Corners and are glad we did. You can walk the routes within an hour or so and view the ruins. We visited late May and the weather was beautiful....sunny, a nice breeze and pleasantly warm. The park ranger provides a map with the walking route around the ruins and the cost was $6/car. Very nice, easy walk with lots of ruins and picturesque views.

Visited May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Off the Beaten Path, but Very Worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Hovenweep was the third site of Ancestral Puebloan ruins we visited in mid-May (the other two being Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument). We added Hoveweep to our itinerary after stopping at the Anasazi Heritage Center near Cortez to plan our visit to Canyons of the Ancients.

Despite its major focus on Canyons of the Ancients (hereafter, "CotA"), if you're coming from Cortez, it's probably an excellent idea to visit the Anasazi Heritage Center before visiting Hovenweep. It's scarcely out of your way, and it's very informative. We decided to make a loop, and visit CotA's Lowry pueblo, Hovenweep, and CotA's Sand Canyon area. Check out the map at http://www.nps.gov/hove/planyourvisit/upload/HovenweepMap.pdf.

Despite the dire-sounding warnings on various official websites, the roads we travelled presented no particular challenges for my low-slung coupe. Of course, the weather was anything but inclement, and caution might well be warranted if significant storms are moving through the area.

At Hovenweep, we hiked the loop trail around Little Ruin Canyon at the main "Square Tower" area. The area is very scenic, and the numerous ruins are remarkable. In mid-May, it was quite warm. I can only imagine how toasty the place gets in July and August. After exploring CotA's Lowry pueblo and Hovenweep, we found we no longer had the energy to visit CotA's Sand Canyon area on our way back to Cortez.

While we didn't make an exhaustive tour of either Mesa Verde, Canyons of the Ancients or Hovenweep, we did visit some of the most popular features at each site, and appreciated the differences between them. Each is unique, and visiting all three helps, I think, to give one a well-rounded perspective on what is known of the Ancestral Puebloans who occupied these areas 800 years ago.

Visited May 2013
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