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Hovenweep National Monument

County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
+1 970-562-4282
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Great ruins, mediocre visitors center, poor signage

Hovenweep is actually a cluster of different ruins scattered over miles of country, most of it NE... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
Southwest vacation

Spent five days traveling around Mesa Verde and the surrounding areas absolutely beautiful and well... read more

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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
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mesa verde” (112 reviews)
“small canyon” (20 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
+1 970-562-4282
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hovenweep is actually a cluster of different ruins scattered over miles of country, most of it NE of the visitors center. The biggest concentration is the Square Tower group which is clustered around a canyon rim near the visitors center just across the Colorado border...More

Thank AeneasAtSea
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent five days traveling around Mesa Verde and the surrounding areas absolutely beautiful and well worth the trip.

Thank R9973HDjohnm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this National Monument if you are close to Cortez, CO. Make sure you view the park video before taking your hike around the ruins - you'll learn so much more and appreciate the ancient puebloans history.

Thank 1SunshineWay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked the whole loop. There is no shade and the climb into the canyon is a bit steep with some tricky angles. I would not recommend the whole loop if you have bad knees. Overall some amazing views. This is not a guided tour...More

Thank Donna C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monument was very fascinating. They have a short two mile loop hike with many ruins to view. You can shorten it and only go part way. That is what we did because we got there late and it was hot. The visitor center luckily...More

Thank mm1970
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small park in the Great Sage Desert. It contains the ruins of 10 communities. Over 800 years old and the Pueblo dwellings are easy to see. Take the loop trail from the visitors centre. It is an easy walk and less than 2 miles. An...More

Thank Margot E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Budget at least 3 hours once arriving at the park. Go directly to the visitor center and take the loop around the canyon. It is less than 2 miles total and there is so much to see on it. The ruins are obviously there but...More

Thank Lisa A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After stopping at Painted Hand (which is small, not too easy to get to, but well worth it), we stopped at Hovenweep. Good clean facilities, decent little gift shop, with free places to refill your water bottles. Super helpful young Park Ranger answered all our...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hovenweep National Monument is a small park in the Great Sage Desert halfway between Blanding, Utah and Cortez, Colorado. Over ten miles of predatory desert, it contains the ruins of ten communities of stone towers. They were built over 800 years ago and many of...More

Thank Knyte7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This monument has several different ruins sites, most of which are visible from a lookout point at the end of a short hike. If you have time, do the longer hike that goes by several of the ruins. We were there in July and it...More

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October 12, 2016|
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Response from lotsagoldens | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we took our dog.
July 3, 2016|
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Response from RueterRD | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the first section is wheel chair accessible. After that it's a dirt trail and pretty rough in some areas.