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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
Phone Number: +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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Our friend who lives in Cortez took us there during our two week Colorado vacation. We wouldn't have known of this attraction without him. Very beautiful scenery surrounding the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 3, 2016
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Denison, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

Our friend who lives in Cortez took us there during our two week Colorado vacation. We wouldn't have known of this attraction without him. Very beautiful scenery surrounding the ruins. Nice easy trail even my disabled husband could walk with his cane.

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Taylorsville, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

This was part of a Mesa Verde trip. The ruins may not be as big as Mesa Verde, but it is better in some ways. The structures are still really amazing, they are free to walk to and you can get really close to a couple of them. If you are in this area, this is a must see. Especially... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to this park. You can get right up close to the dwellings and the trail is very cool, just watch out for snakes. Worth the drive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

This site gave new insight into Pueblo Indian life. Lots of sites to see with anywhere from no hike to see it, to easy, to moderate, to more advanced.

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Great place to spend some time and dogs are welcome on the trail. Can be a hot area so plenty of water is advised.

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Dolores, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

There are fantastic views of the Colorado Plateau as you drive to this rather remote park. The ancient cliff dwellings and towers are amazing. Visitors can see several from near the visitor center or walk a 1.5 mile trail around a small canyon featuring numerous examples dwellings. Nearby dirt roads take you to trails leading to other amazing sites. The... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

PRO's: Having visited over 100 National Park properties, I really enjoyed this National Monument. Hovenweep @ Cortez, UT is off the beaten path and has several unusual features. The Ancestral Puebloan people lived here from 700-1250 AD and left a curious combination of fascinating rock buildings on the rim and inside Little Ruin Canyon. The Park Rangers at the Visitor... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

about 40 miles from where we are staying on Cortez - the road /sights south and then north to this place is awesome. a very informative young lady was very informative and pleasant. definitely start out going down into the canyon ( left at the observation platform) as it may be challenging for some. the question will remain - why... More 

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Cortez, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

It was enjoyable to just walk at your own pace and enjoy it.If you like to explore then this would be the place.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The National Park Service recently built a new interpretive center at the Square Tower Group unit of this remote National Monument roughly equidistant between Blanding, UT and Cortez, CO. The stone remnants of the Ancient Puebloan settlement at the head of Little Ruin Canyon can be viewed up close from a 2 mile loop trail. The 31 site campground is... More 

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