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. Make Hovenweep National Monument part of your personalized Cortez itinerary using our Cortez online holiday maker.
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If you have a budding anthropologist, archeologist or geologist this area is a great vacation spot. Hiking to each tower is doable for anyone.
If you have a budding anthropologist, archeologist or geologist this area is a great vacation spot. Hiking to each tower is doable for anyone. more »
This is a must-see spot if you're in the vicinity. The beauty, the history, the easy hiking and the fact that it's so low key is really nice.
This is a must-see spot if you're in the vicinity. The beauty, the history, the easy hiking and the fact that it's so low key is really nice. more »
Nice hiking trails. Great for hikers and taking pictures. Not to far of a walk to get an overlook. If you want to get up close you have to take a walk along the trails
If you enjoy seeing the ancient dwellings/Pueblos, I highly recommend this national monument. It is just awesome. Numerous ruins. Lots of history. The rangers are very helpful. It is worth the drive.
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