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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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Historical wonder

Walking around the historical site and realizing that it was the home to many centuries ago was a pleasure. Very well maintained site.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Walking around the historical site and realizing that it was the home to many centuries ago was a pleasure. Very well maintained site.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a bit tricky to get to but well worth the drive if you like archaeology and ruins and nice hikes with spectacular views. The great thing about this place is that because it is remote you probably won't be hiking along the trail with hordes of other visitors. There are some unique stone towers and great explanations of what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

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

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

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.

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Tsaile, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

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 

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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 

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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 

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washington state
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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