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“2nd Class Mesa Verde” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Cortez
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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
Chattanooga
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“2nd Class Mesa Verde”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

Nothing wrong with it, but generally the native structures here are by their nature less impressive than those at Mesa Verde. Hovenweep was a smaller pueblo complex/community than that of Mesa Verde. There are a series of short hikes around the canyon and ruins that comprise the main section of the park. A complete walk around the canyon is perhaps two hours in length.

If you must choose between the two parks, choose Mesa Verde.

Visited May 2014
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Osceola, AR
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“great hike.. but no room for exploration.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a place for archeology.. but you can't get off the hiking path to look for anything. Sure, the buildings/ruins are old.. but the place is filled with stuff like this. It surely must be kept and preserved, but overall, it's another Native American Indian site with several ruins. Hike is simple and enjoyable.

Visited May 2014
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Herriman, Utah
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“Neat Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

So, yes it is a bit a drive, but so worth it! The place is magical. The 2 mile round trip a blast! Loved everything about it!

Visited April 2014
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Utah
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“Fires Imagination”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

This was an unexpected treat. Not at all crowded, very helpful park service employee and wonderful views of ruins. A fairly short and lightly sloped paved trail ends at a nice observation area. From the observation point trails are not paved but fairly easy. We stayed on the canyon rim and walked about 1 mile round trip to the Tower Loop. Decent walking shoes are helpful as much of the unpaved trail is on a hard sandstone surface. The cacti were in bloom and the desert roses perfumed the air. The ruins have not been reconstructed, only stabilized a bit so what you see is old and amazing. Best time to visit is in the cooler hours of the day. The visitor center is small but very nice with National Park souvenirs, books, etc. This site is worth the drive in the country and you will end up wondering how the Ancients decided to settle there.

Visited May 2014
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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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“worth the drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2014

On our way from Moab, Utah to Mesa Verde, CO, we saw the sign for Hovenweep National Monument. After a 40 minute drive though beautiful farm fields, we arrived, and started on the 2 mile trail circling the site. Very quiet, rarely saw other people (but lots of wildlife including a rather large - but harmless - gopher snake) but saw a village from the long past. You could almost see the people going about their daily life. Very glad we made the effort.

Visited May 2014
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