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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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Beautiful area, great campground

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... read more

Reviewed December 5, 2016
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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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed November 23, 2016

Tis is an exquisite site. A small canyon that has a lovely trail around it bring you close to beautifully crafted structures. On a sunny, breezy day, I mused that this was one of the best 10 days of my life and entertained myself on the way back to Cortez through the lovely McElmo valley ... well, what then were... More 

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washington state
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Reviewed November 22, 2016

We truly enjoyed Hovenweep and recommend to anyone. The site is a bit out of the way...as other TRs have mentioned. Yet, it's very informative and provides context and perspective for a follow-on visit to Mesa Verde. The people that constructed and lived within these structures were situated in a huge area! The NPS has laid out a loop path... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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Reviewed November 17, 2016

Ancient Puebloan settlements dating back over 1100 years. By about A.D. 900, people developed settlements at Hovenweep year-round. By the late 1200s, the Hovenweep area was home to over 2,500 people. Walk the trails and see what would be that day's condos and apartments. Towers were built; the remains of several still stand and have been re-stabilized. Similarities in architecture,... More 

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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

First go to the Colorado Visitors Center to get your personally pink high lighted maps. You don't a Garmin/GPS. Limited usefulness. Detailed map essential. Small signs mark turn offs. A fine paved trail goes for a couple hundred yards then the well marked, wide path is on either weathered rock which will be very slippery when wet or a gravel... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 9, 2016

As others have said, this is certainly worth the effort to get there. We drove from Cortez, CO, following the directions on the Park Service Website supplemented by our GPS. There are signs along the way, but the route is a bit confusing so watch carefully. The walk around the main ruins is fascinating. The route is flat for the... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed November 8, 2016

This park is literally a “ hidden gem “ because it is not well known and remotely located. I can not emphasis strongly enough you will need either a U.S. Road Atlas or preferably a detailed Utah state map. The park is so remote and the county roads are poorly marked. I was never sure I was on the correct... More 

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Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

We've been here many times, and learn something new each trip. There are several ruins nearby, and are worth the time to explore them, such as Painted Hand, and Cutthroat Castle. There is a campground at Hovenweep for smaller campers and tents, however, only two sites may accommodate class C or small class A RVs. Definitely worth the trip, if... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed November 6, 2016

Before I review this, let me recommend that even if you have GPS and a cell phone, take a map! My GPS was not correct, cell phone had no service so I ended up driving for 35 minutes down a 'road' that wasn't one and was a bit concerned. Having said that, a map would have worked wonders. The park... More 

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Magnolia, Texas
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

This place is a little out of the way, but it's worth the drive. The National Park Serice has built a new visitors center there, and they has a camp ground/RV center... This is a really interesting place with ancient dwellings build around a small canyon. Very well preserved with an easy path/trail.

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