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“Awesome structures”

Hovenweep National Monument
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Cortez
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
Arizona
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“Awesome structures”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Hovenweep National Monument is a little "off the beaten path"(about 30 miles via the route we took) but well worth the drive. The Visitor's Center is located near the head of a canyon where there are about a dozen stone structures. The level of craftsmanship and effort is really remarkable. According to the trail guide these buildings were constructed around 1200. Unlike other sites where the buildings are under the canyon rim or in alcoves, the structures in Hovenweep are in the canyon or on the rim. The precision of the stonework is impressive. There is a concrete sidewalk that leads to a view of all the structures and there is a "path" around and through the canyon that can be done in about an hour. The path is not handicapped accessible in my opinion as it is laid out over the native rock.

Visited October 2012
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“Towering achievement”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

This monument is well worth seeing even though it is somewhat remote. There are a number of beautifully constructed stone structures that can be viewed with a short hike from the Visitors Center. There is a "path" around the canyon that takes you closer to the buildings. However, the path is over the native rock and is not wheel chair accessible. The structures were built around 1200 bce and were obviously built by talented craftsmen. For example, there is a tower at the head of the canyon that sits on a purposely built- up base of soil enclosed by a four sided wall. Unlike other early sites, the structures at Hovenweep are on the canyon rim or floor, not built in alcoves or overhangs.

Visited October 2012
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“didn't have enough time to do the place justice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

It's about a 45 minute drive from Cortez to the visitor's centre at Hovenweep. The visitor's centre is wheelchair accessible. The staff at the centre were very informative and polite. We only got to see the Square Tower potion of Hovenweep. This will have the largest set of buildings. I think it is roughly a two mile walk around the canyon and you would see it all. There is a campground at this location as well. We got here later in the day in October so I can imagine it would get quite hot here in the middle of summer. There are other areas to the monument, they areHolly, Horseshoe,Hackberry,Cutthroat Castle and Cajon. You'll probably want a truck or an adventure or dual purpose bike to get back to those.

Visited October 2012
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DRUMHELLER
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“More ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Excellent site to see but probably should have asked for a tour or done some more homework. Stopped in on our way to the Grand Canyon so didn't give it the time it deserved

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing place, great views, not to be missed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Great history, beautiful place.....loved it! Amazing artifacts, beautiful trail. Great place to spend a few hours.

Visited September 2012
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