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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
Phone Number: 19705624282
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located in Utah but near Cortez, this site has six ruin sites all built...

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

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A walk back into time.

The ruins are spectacular and we enjoyed our time at Hovenweep. The visitors center offers free water, clean bathrooms and some areas of the ruins are accessible to people with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Michelle L
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Moose Lake, Minnesota
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Moose Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The ruins are spectacular and we enjoyed our time at Hovenweep. The visitors center offers free water, clean bathrooms and some areas of the ruins are accessible to people with disabilities. We walked around the complete circle, others take a shorter path. The visit was inspiring.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hovenweep is a must-see for anyone interested in archeology/ancient architecture. It does require a bit of walking. Dress for the NM weather and don't wear sandals.

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Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hovenweep requires a bit of driving from main roads or population centers which may help to explain why there were so few visitors when we were there. After having visited quite a few very crowded and busy National Parks during this trip it was a real pleasure to walk and admire the ruins in peace, quiet and with only natural... More 

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A visitor to Hovenweep cannot conceive of living here in this now desolate place. But when Hovenweep was occupied, there was sufficient rain to support farming and wild life. Still, life was hard and dangerous. Hovenweep NM has done a magnificent job of explaining the Puebloan culture, its location, and reason for existence. Take the time to read the interpretive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove from Blanding, UT approximately 45 mi. The road is paved all the way and not too bad. Visitors Center is nice with a film and map of the canyon ruins and water bottle filling station. This National Monument is free. We walked the 2mi around the canyon rim on a well marked trail that closely goes next to... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well kept and maintained National Monument. Interesting history from 700 years ago and good simple hiking that circles a canyon with ancient ruins built on the cliffs. As noted by others, it is a bit remote but worth the ride from Cortez. The rangers were very helpful and informative making for an enjoyable visit.

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Surprise, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked the one mile trail. Keep in mind that it is NOT paved all the way; there are rocks and scree. The ruins were beautiful to see. There is a visitors' center, and there was a helpful ranger who was out on the trail to answer questions and to make sure that people were hydrated (she had a backpack... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although somewhat off the beaten track with travel on one lane rural roads, Hovenweep National Monument is worth your time and effort. The hike around the ruins adjacent to the Visitors Center was relatively easy and provided good views of various sites. There was relatively few people there so we did not have to contend with a horde of visitors.... More 

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We actually went here a couple of years ago. I did not know how to change the dates beyond a year. This is a great place to explore the history of the Pueblo people. It is out in the middle of nowhere where so plan on that accordingly. Many of the locations where the ruins are still visible. I would... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been to nearly every ruin in NM and AZ and many in CO. This is by far a top 5 for us. It's beautiful, both the scenery and the remains of the structures. There's enough visible for you to truly get a sense of life a thousand years ago. You can even hike a ways into the canyon... More 

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