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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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Great place to spend some time and dogs are welcome on the trail. Can be a hot area so plenty of water is advised.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Centennial, Colorado
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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to spend some time and dogs are welcome on the trail. Can be a hot area so plenty of water is advised.

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Dolores, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are fantastic views of the Colorado Plateau as you drive to this rather remote park. The ancient cliff dwellings and towers are amazing. Visitors can see several from near the visitor center or walk a 1.5 mile trail around a small canyon featuring numerous examples dwellings. Nearby dirt roads take you to trails leading to other amazing sites. The... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

PRO's: Having visited over 100 National Park properties, I really enjoyed this National Monument. Hovenweep @ Cortez, UT is off the beaten path and has several unusual features. The Ancestral Puebloan people lived here from 700-1250 AD and left a curious combination of fascinating rock buildings on the rim and inside Little Ruin Canyon. The Park Rangers at the Visitor... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

about 40 miles from where we are staying on Cortez - the road /sights south and then north to this place is awesome. a very informative young lady was very informative and pleasant. definitely start out going down into the canyon ( left at the observation platform) as it may be challenging for some. the question will remain - why... More 

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Cortez, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was enjoyable to just walk at your own pace and enjoy it.If you like to explore then this would be the place.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Park Service recently built a new interpretive center at the Square Tower Group unit of this remote National Monument roughly equidistant between Blanding, UT and Cortez, CO. The stone remnants of the Ancient Puebloan settlement at the head of Little Ruin Canyon can be viewed up close from a 2 mile loop trail. The 31 site campground is... More 

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COLORADO SPRINGS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having already been to Mesa Verde, I wanted to explore other ruins in SW Colorado/ SE Utah. This monument is run by the national park service. It has a very small visitor center, but from there begins a trail that take the visitor close to pueblo ruins. You can take the entire 2 mile hike, or go on just part... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a remote site that is worth the drive! The site is on a canyon with good observation places as you hike around it.

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Cortez, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hovenweep makes for a lovely hike at their headquarters, towers and ruins along a canyon and great distant views. Towers were widespread from Durango and Cortez west into Canyon of the Ancients and SE Utah. No question they were defensive, it was a tough time in the 1200's, but many still stand for those who enjoy hiking. Hovenweep has many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hovenweep, 50 miles west of Cortez is an isolated Anasazi site with unusual tower buildings set on the rim and in a small canyon. The site is remote and not easily found unless you know the road which is paved and signed, but is very well worth the visit. The structures, unlike many Anasazi ruins are tower structures unlike any... More 

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