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Hovenweep National Monument, Cortez
(4.5/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Marking an area inhabited for tens of thousands of years, Hovenweep National Monument includes a group of six village groups built by ancestral Puebloans that include towers, castles, cliff dwellings, and more. Reminiscent of medieval designs in Europe, these structures testify to the indigenous peoples' superb masonry skills. During your tour, keep your eyes peeled for petroglyphs and try to interpret the rock art. Choose between three hiking trails to explore the attraction, or stay in the onsite campground and trek all the paths in a few days. Before hitting the trail, stop by the visitor's center for maps and watch the educational film for more details. Note: do not rely on GPS signals to navigate the area, as they tend to send visitors to the wrong locations. Use a map instead. Plan to visit Hovenweep National Monument during your Cortez vacation using our convenient Cortez trip itinerary maker.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • We've been here many times, and learn something new each trip. There are several ruins nearby, and are worth the time to explore them, such as Painted Hand, and Cutthroat Castle. There is a campground...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful archeological site to spend 1 Hour to 2 days contemplating the lifestyle that existed here between 200AD and 1300AD. There is a paved walkway that is handicap/wheelchair accessible, which allows guests a nice vista of a portion of the enchanting ruins found here. Continue further on the 2 mile loop around the rim and to many interesting ruins sites. The loop is not paved and is not wheelchair accessible. I highly recommend exploring this site for at least 3 hours to enjoy the ruins.
  • Can walk woth my dogs here!!!! Nice trail to hike woth. There is a paved part and a natural part. I made it a little way on my natural part before me and the dogs turned around because my knees just couldn't handle it. The dogs were happy to get out and stretch after having to see Canyonlands and Arches from the car (not allowed off paved areas)
  • It's out of the way, we ended up here because we got lost and had no cell signal, the paper map we had wasn't detailed enough to show us where we were. We decide to walk around for a bit, it was quick and offered a little more history to the area. It's more of the same for the national parks in the area, historical ruins. If you're tired of seeing piles of rocks stacked on one another, don't stop. But if you want to get out and explore more, do. The landscape alone is worth it.
  • The tranquil beauty of Hovenweep is second to none. Many people are unfamiliar with the area, and so it is never crowded. Near Dolores, CO is the Anasazi Cultural Center which provides hight quality historical information. The monument itself has little information regarding the structures and the history if peoples moving through the area over time. In 1777 when Escalante and Dominguez explored the area, the local indians told them the place is haunted, which is easy to believe given the silence aside from the wind and the cackling of crows. The crows prefer to land on the structures, which adds to the eery splendour of the monument. The campground is nice and very clean and next to a more difficult and less crowded trail. Clean water is available in several areas of the monument to ensure you are drinking enough water.
  • Nice place. Main entrance has a welcome center and modern restrooms and camping. Several other ruins that are accessed via a off road trail that needs a high clearance vehicle.