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Hovenweep National Monument

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Address: County Road 268A, Cortez, CO 84534
Phone Number:
+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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History surrounded by history. Easy walking great views. Fascinating place. Not as well known as Mesa Verde, but well worth seeing.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

History surrounded by history. Easy walking great views. Fascinating place. Not as well known as Mesa Verde, but well worth seeing.

Thank littlefield3
Grand Junction, Colorado
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a NM that is tucked out of the way, but well worth the drive to visit the ancient ruins. In the summer it will be hot, so go prepared! Fascinating to see the history and how they lived.

Thank farmgirllivinginco
Tsaile, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped to visit after attending a hearing about another proposed national monument. This was my second time here, and wish to return again soon. Unlike Mesa Verde, the ruins are easily accessible and viewable without a strenuous climb unless you make the complete trail circuit down into the canyon. This is the high desert which means you should always... More 

Thank Greg T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 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 

Thank Michelle H
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 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 

Thank Kimberly M
washington state
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177 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 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 

Thank okeedoke
Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 442 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 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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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 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 

Thank Richard S
Memphis, Tennessee
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406 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 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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