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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
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+1 970-562-4282
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Long drive but interesting to see

This hidden monument was worth the drive but I was disappointed that the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument wasn't anything other than sagebrush (maybe I missed something... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cindy G
Hooper, Utah
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Hooper, Utah
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hidden monument was worth the drive but I was disappointed that the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument wasn't anything other than sagebrush (maybe I missed something). At the end we finally got to Hovenweep and took a paved trail to the view point. There were unsaved trails that go around the entire area but we only went as... More 

Thank Cindy G
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a gem!! We were on a road trip to Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon, but we were late getting to Four Corners one day so we decided to stay in Cortez and go the next day. We heard mention of Hovenweep and thought we'd check it out on our way from Four Corners to Monument... More 

Thank A V
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We started furthest away from the visitor center at Cutthroat Castle (glad we had a Jeep for the rugged road). Rounded towers, squared towers--both were amazing! We moved on to Holly, Hackberry and Horseshoe sites--each having the wonderful curved walls and excellent masonary. Glad we left the best for last...the ruins at the visitor center (Square Tower), because it was... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very nice small park with a short 2 mile or so loop trail. There are plenty of small structures to see as you walk and the hike is very flat. Way out of the way so if you are in this area or passing thru, make it a point to stop in.

Thank nriemen
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Driving past on my way between Monument Valley and Canyon of the Ancients, I saw the sign for Hovenweep and thought I'd stop in to see what it was all about. What a find. Hovenweep is definitely off the beaten path and much less well known than its more famous neighbors. But the site has extensive Puebloan ruins, ranging from... More 

Thank Mark D
Herriman, Utah
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I traveled here with my 11yo daughter and my 70 yo parents. The hike was a little much for my parents, but the ruins are incredible. We could have easily spent more time here experiencing the land of the ancients.

Thank Jason W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed Hovenweep even though it was rainy, windy and cold the day we visited. We were unable to view the sites that were away from the visitor's center, but the sites near the tower and the path from the visitor's center were worth the trip. My husband did the longer hike around the outside edge and he loved... More 

Thank RandV V
Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This reminds me of Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff. There are above ground structures in and around the canyon along with a few cliff dwellings. Care has been used in keeping them together and upright. The repairs are nearly invisible (kudos). These were a hearty people with not only necessary survival skills, but architectural prowess. Fun 2 mile hike.

Thank Doug M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hovenweep sounds Dutch, but it is truly Native American. It is off the beaten track and not crowded. You can do a well-marked and fairly easy walk of about two miles around and across a small canyon where there are several groups of 800-year-old buildings on the rim and below. The visitors' Center is excellent. Worth the detour!

Thank Tosca08
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hovenweep National Monument is definitely off rhe beaten path in SE Utah near the Colorado border about an hours drive from Bluff or Blanding, Utah on back roads. It has a small, but very nice visitors center with a very helpful and friendly volunteer staff member. There is a nice campground with limited sites for larger rigs. There is a... More 

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