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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
Phone Number: 19705624282
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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Timeless Ruins!

Was worried that the drive through this isolated part of the country would be for naught, but once, there it was like an oasis of history and wonder. We did not do the whole loop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
New York, NY
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New York, NY
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was worried that the drive through this isolated part of the country would be for naught, but once, there it was like an oasis of history and wonder. We did not do the whole loop hike because of the heat and a week long filled with hikes. We walked to the main viewpoint a few hundred feet from visitor center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being able to see the past from 800 years ago is amazing. To be able to see it in the incredible state that it's in is even better. The location is great with the structures surrounding an 80' canyon. The flatness of the walls and the perfect circles and squared corners makes you appreciate what "ancient" people could really do.... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the lesser visited national monuments. The hike around the loop from the visitor center is worth it even on a hot day. The ruins are just as interesting. However, the road to Huckleberry requires a high clearance vehicle.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very intriguing monument to ancient Americans. As with many National Parks getting there can take a while. Thankfully too, because if they were located close in some developer would want to tear it down and build a golf course or condos. We should all say a big thank you to, and for, the National Park system. It is a... More 

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Carthage, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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.

Thank bikerbitz
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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