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Hovenweep National Monument

County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
+1 970-562-4282
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Ancient dwellings, part of history.

Small park in the Great Sage Desert. It contains the ruins of 10 communities. Over 800 years old... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Margot E
Gladstone, Australia
Small park with so much to see

Budget at least 3 hours once arriving at the park. Go directly to the visitor center and take the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lisa A
Bloomington, Indiana
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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
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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“small canyon” (20 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
+1 970-562-4282
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Reviewed 2 days 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 days 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 5 days 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

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Reviewed 6 days 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 1 week 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

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was so neat to see. You drive to the vistors center and walk the trials. Do early in day if it is summer. We took a wrong turn or something getting there and ended up on a road that they were still building or...More

Thank Candy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hovenweep is desolate now, its various towers crumbling, but once full of people. The Anasazi moved here, and regrouped as the world changed around them. A harsh landscape, yet they farmed and built these dwellings. Follow the advice in the other reviews about hiking, and...More

Thank Jocelyn B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from Four Corners going to Moab, Ut we followed the signs and did a side trip to Hovenweep. Was not expecting much as we passed through open range of cows and horses. We were surprised to find a vistor center and nice bathrooms. Did...More

Thank Jeremy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrific place to experince what must have been a daily struggle to survive and flourish. Ruins thatshow the skill and determination of those who lived there.

1  Thank R.D. A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hovenweep Nat. Mon. is a great out-of-the-way archaeological site complex to visit near Cortez, CO. The Monument has several outlying parts, so get a map at the main site and check out all the ruin hikes a short drive away. The main site has easy...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.