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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
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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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This is a bit out in the middle of no where . . . which is part of the appeal. Different from Mesa Verde but the same people. There is a nice campground and walking distance to... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a bit out in the middle of no where . . . which is part of the appeal. Different from Mesa Verde but the same people. There is a nice campground and walking distance to the ruins. Note, this is all open space so if the weather is bad, may not be a good choice to visit.

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Want an up close experience of remarkable ruins without the crowds? This is it. Plan to spend 2-3 hours hiking a remarkable canyon rim filled with ruins you can go right up to. The hike is easy, and with so few people you really go back in time to the era of the ancients. Great drive from Cortez - I... More 

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Cortez, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome display of weaving , photos and displays of a long a ago life style. Easy to understand places to seat and rest if needed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hovenweep is a ways off the beaten path, if you are in Blanding or 4 Corners which are already quite a ways out it will take you an additional 45 minutes to an hour to reach Hovenweep. This drive there some of the most desolate country we have ever seen. But in the end it is worth it to get... More 

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Walking around the historical site and realizing that it was the home to many centuries ago was a pleasure. Very well maintained site.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017

It's a bit tricky to get to but well worth the drive if you like archaeology and ruins and nice hikes with spectacular views. The great thing about this place is that because it is remote you probably won't be hiking along the trail with hordes of other visitors. There are some unique stone towers and great explanations of what... More 

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maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

History surrounded by history. Easy walking great views. Fascinating place. Not as well known as Mesa Verde, but well worth seeing.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

It's a NM that is tucked out of the way, but well worth the drive to visit the ancient ruins. In the summer it will be hot, so go prepared! Fascinating to see the history and how they lived.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

We stopped to visit after attending a hearing about another proposed national monument. This was my second time here, and wish to return again soon. Unlike Mesa Verde, the ruins are easily accessible and viewable without a strenuous climb unless you make the complete trail circuit down into the canyon. This is the high desert which means you should always... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

The Monument is about 45 minutes away from Cortez, Colorado, a great little town with plenty of restaurants and hotels to serve as base camp. I absolutely loved the trail that takes your 2.5 miles around the shallow canyon where 8 different buildings can be seen up close. You cannot walk right up to or inside the ruins but I... More 

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