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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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We took a long road, county road G, from Cortez to the monument. Lovely scenery even if nothing of real note to talk about! Excellent staff at visitors center, very helpful with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Carthage, Missouri
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a long road, county road G, from Cortez to the monument. Lovely scenery even if nothing of real note to talk about! Excellent staff at visitors center, very helpful with maps, short video, etc, gifts, water bottles and some snacks for hiking. Walk to monument not too bad, can see easily across the canyon so don't need to... More 

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Kiel, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I wasn't expecting a lot from this site in the middle of nowhere, but I was pleasantly surprised! The visitor center was quite small but the staff were helpful, and the hike is easily accessible from the parking lot. It's walkable in an hour or two and it is beautiful! Plenty of ruins, as well as nature. Just bring water!

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have time, it may be a nice place to stop. It does take some time to get there (in the middle of nowhere), but the roads were ok for our low clearance sedans. We only walked close to the visitor center, it was very hot. The place is not impressive, but does give you an impression of what... More 

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there on a misty day and didn't have time to do tours of all of the dwellings. Even so, we were astounded by the history and wonder of the Pueblo villages.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Little Ruin Trail around the canyon is a must- but go early in the morning before it gets too hot. Also- go LEFT on the trail first- one must descend into the canyon and then climb up to the mesa again- get it over first. The trail is well marked and very interesting- one can get pretty close to... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had visited here nearly 30 years ago, but our memories had dimmed. As I recall, one could, at one time, scramble into the ruins. Now, however (with good reason), visitors are restricted from entering the ruins. The trail runs from the visitor center around a small canyon that has several ruins. An interpretive guide is available... More 

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Cortez, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrific venue, great visitor centre, spotlessly clean with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Trails well laid out with short and long options. The only downside is the long drive in, recommend coming in from the south, the other route from Pleasant View is not as interesting and currently badly needing repair. As ever, take plenty water, there's no shade at all.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since Hovenweep is a goodly distance from anywhere, allow an hour to get there from the main highways. But the drive is scenic and the park itself is marvelous. You can take a 2 mile loop hike through the park. I am somewhat disabled and walk with a cane, but I was able to make the loop with a lot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was worth the drive but accessible short walk at the center is not as easy as it seems. It has ups and downs so folks with walkers or crutches may find it challenging.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beats Mesa Verde hands down. Love Hovenweep. Very gentle walking trails & paths. We truly enjoyed our time there.

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