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Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep Castle
Eroded Boulder House
Square Tower

Hovenweep National Monument protects seven prehistoric Puebloan-era villages over a 20-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah–Colorado border. The monument contains not only extraordinary examples of prehistoric architecture, but the landscapes in which they have existed for over 700 years. Hovenweep's distinct units range in size from 14 to 400 acres, including the first protected archaeological site in the United States. The Square Tower Group is the primary contact facility with a visitor center, campground, and interpretive trail. Other groups (or villages) include Cajon, Cutthroat Castle, Hackberry, Holly, and Horseshoe.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, camping, interpretive programs

Seasons Accessible

Hovenweep is open year-round. All main roads from Cortez (CO), Pleasant View (CO), Bluff (UT), and Blanding (UT) are paved. Roads to the outlier sites are inaccessible during inclement weather;  however, the Square Tower trail at the visitor center area is open regardless of the weather conditions. 

Fees: Individuals: $3 (motorcycles, bicycles, walk-ins); Vehicles: $6; Commercial Tour Fees: $25, $40, & $100; Camping Fees: Sites at the campground are $10 per night or $5 per night with a Senior or Access pass

 ADA Accessibility Notes

The visitor center and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The Square Tower Group trail is paved to the first overlook and may be negotiated by wheelchairs with assistance. All other trails are uneven and primitive. The campground has one accessible campsite and the restrooms are wheelchair accessible. There is an audio description of the parks orientation video available on request.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed on trails and in the campground but must be leashed at all times.

For More Information, Contact:

Todd Overbye
Hovenweep National Monument, McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
970-562-4282 · fax 970-562-4283

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Latitude: 37.385026000
Longitude: -109.076042200
Elevation: 5235 FT (1596 M)
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