Hovenweep National Monument, Cortez
Categories: Ruins, Monuments, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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When you're in southwest corner of Colorado, this is certainly worth a visit. A well marked self-guided 1 to 2.5 mile trail takes you to several pueblo structures that date back 1,200 years.
On this trip to the 4-Corners area, we have been learning about ancient Puebloan history in the area. Hovenweep is a well-interpretted archeological site of the evolution to constructed permanent stru... read more »
You can get really close to most of the towers . A short walk on a nice trail gets you to the first one. then if you want to go farther you can follow the markers to rest. A nice set up so you can cho... read more »
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.
Wonderful National Monument. Well worth the effort to get there. Didn't have long so the family did a short 2 hour hike exploring the ruins. If you are in a hurry, you can easily take in a lot within 2 to 3 hours or so. Just remember to bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
My favorite place to get lost in this spiritual land, while admiring the ways of the past. Go visit and see what I mean.
Interesting Indian ruins. Easy hike to all of the points of interest. Great night skies.
Another Great NP in the middle of vastness. Another abode of the Ancient Ones that demonstrates their architectural knowledge and green practices.
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