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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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Well Worth The Drive

This was a hidden gem we really enjoyed. We had gone to Mesa Verde prior to Hovenweep and actually enjoyed Hovenweep a little more because fewer people know about it so the crowds... read more

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Springfield, Missouri
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Springfield, Missouri
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57 reviews
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This was a hidden gem we really enjoyed. We had gone to Mesa Verde prior to Hovenweep and actually enjoyed Hovenweep a little more because fewer people know about it so the crowds are less and you can get very close to the ruins without taking a guided tour. The walking trails are easily marked and not at all difficult... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Here is a chance to walk a beautifully maintained trail to see Anasazi ruins up close. They are build around a beautiful canyon, and the trail is fairly easy walking. Bring lots of water. It was hot even in May

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Medina, Ohio, USA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We added Hovenweep to our list of archaeological oriented National Park visits. We were glad that we did. It is like a mini Mesa Verde, and takes less than a day to see most of it. The circle hike to see the stone ruins that is near the Park information center was easy and worth the hour and a half... More 

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Riverton, Utah
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

40 miles from our hotel in Cortez down county roads, but well worth the drive. A 3 mile hike gets you up close and personal to ancient structures. If you take the entire hike you will have one 80 foot climb on a primitive trail, but steps have been carved to make it accessible to most. Simply amazing what this... More 

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Hurricane, Utah
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here on 4/30. We went from Cortez, CO via the Lowery ruins route (Rte 10). The Lowery ruins were interesting, the drive to the visitor center was OK. I'd recommend taking the lower route rather than 10. There is no entry fee. The visitor center is small and gives a short overview of the area. There is a... More 

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Colonial Heights, VA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful location. Excellent trail guide for the loop trail around the ruins. The majority of the trail is on bare rock on the mesa and is relatively level. One part of the trail crosses the canyon and is moderately strenuous.

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Hooper, Utah
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hidden monument was worth the drive but I was disappointed that the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument wasn't anything other than sagebrush (maybe I missed something). At the end we finally got to Hovenweep and took a paved trail to the view point. There were unsaved trails that go around the entire area but we only went as... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a gem!! We were on a road trip to Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon, but we were late getting to Four Corners one day so we decided to stay in Cortez and go the next day. We heard mention of Hovenweep and thought we'd check it out on our way from Four Corners to Monument... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We started furthest away from the visitor center at Cutthroat Castle (glad we had a Jeep for the rugged road). Rounded towers, squared towers--both were amazing! We moved on to Holly, Hackberry and Horseshoe sites--each having the wonderful curved walls and excellent masonary. Glad we left the best for last...the ruins at the visitor center (Square Tower), because it was... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice small park with a short 2 mile or so loop trail. There are plenty of small structures to see as you walk and the hike is very flat. Way out of the way so if you are in this area or passing thru, make it a point to stop in.

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