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Hovenweep National Monument

County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
+1 970-562-4282
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What a wonderful place to explore - especially the hike around the ruins by the visitor centre, as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cec M
Toronto, Canada
This National Monument was on our list to visit while in Durango area

This National Monument is somewhat off the beaten path but is well worth the drive as it has very... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Gerry F
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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
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (62 reviews)
“square tower” (27 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
+1 970-562-4282
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a wonderful place to explore - especially the hike around the ruins by the visitor centre, as well as the hike to Holly (around 8 miles return.) Although late in the season, the camping was great.

Thank Cec M
Reviewed 5 days ago

This National Monument is somewhat off the beaten path but is well worth the drive as it has very well maintained early native American villages which are easy to hike to and are well worth the journey back in history of the region and offers...More

Thank Gerry F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit Hovenweep because we were coming from Canyon of the Ancients and it seemed on our way. This was a delightful surprise. It is full of history, while offering a 1.5 mile hike for a bit of excerise and a break from...More

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I stopped here at the recommendation of the volunteer at the anzari heritage museum. It is a bit of a slow drive but beautiful & worth it. It is paved. There are picnic tables to eat lunch near the parking lot. Free...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always seen a sign from Cortez wondering what this was so we decided to drive there. There's a trail and you get to see ancient ruins about 900 years old they were not fully intact so it makes you wonder what they looked like when...More

1  Thank Locagirl1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited after seeing Mesa Verde. Both wonderful sights but found this to feel more serene and allowed me to use my imagination to recreate the sounds and sights of the civilization. No driving to ruins, which I liked. It is a pretty easy trail if...More

Thank ssjwis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a hidden gem. You must get out and walk around. If possible, arrange a ranger talk and walk. If you're not able to visit with a ranger, make sure you have a guide explaining the structures. This is a beautiful place. Don't...More

Thank smokymtndeb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ruins at Hovenweep are beautiful and unique for the well-preserved and numerous towers. It is definitely off the beaten path, but that's a plus in my opinion. Right outside the visitors' center there is a two-mile hiking loop with views of several ruins. It...More

Thank cherylls166
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are small American Indian ruins that you can get fairly close to here, but Hovenweep is in the middle of nowhere. For the drive, I'd choose somewhere else to visit. Our group was disappointed after we finally arrived here. Nice views, it isn't busy,...More

Thank ColoMama33
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I walked the rim trail near the visitor center. The variety of structures and the quality of masonry of the ancients was most impressive. The rim trail took only about an hour and a half with stops. We do not recommend walking...More

Thank Robert T
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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.