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Masonry that has stood for centuries Once home to over 2,500 people, Hovenweep includes six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. Explore a variety of structures, including multistory towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders. The construction and attention to detail will leave you marveling at the skill and motivation of the builders.

One of our absolute favorite trails to this point. More of a remote access monument. This is a two mile loop essentially. No on else was on the trail. Paved for the most part. We saw numerous salamanders as we hiked, all of them with the beautiful blue/yellow colors. I can't remember the specific species but it's a native species to the four corners area. 75% of the trail is flat, the end of the trail descends into the valley and up the opposite side. Some stairs, some scrambling, well marked and very safe. If you have kids with you they'll love it. Our 5 year old went nuts during this part. The ruins are beautiful to see and it's really hard to believe how all this was completed during the specified time range. I hope everyone enjoys this trail as much as we did.

Loved this trail. You need to take the full loop. You can see all the ruins easily. This is an easy trail with one tricky descent.

Absolutely loved this hike! Moderate to easy. The Castle was very interesting. So nice to be able to hike with no traffic and see the ruins at your own pace.

Well worth the hike back into the gulch. There are five ruins that you are able to walk around. Some of the Pueblo homes are round and some are square.

Opted to drive to the upper trailhead, 1.6 miles round trip. Take the HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE REQUIRED warning seriously. We did and lived to tell the story. Cutthroat was spectacular at sunset. If time allows, take the short side road to Painted Hands.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the second time we took this hike/walk and it still amazes me. This trip (because we had more time), we covered the Holly Group, Hackberry Group, Cutthroat and Painted Hands. Each site is well worth the hike as each has its own character and settings. Sunrise or sunset viewing is a must.
Dry camping but bathrooms have sinks and flush toilets. Campground is very well maintained, but due to drought conditions, water use is limited but not a problem.

hiking
1 month ago

short, nice canyon but prefer the more off the beaten track ruins.

Really easy trail with amazing views and up close ruins.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike that was interesting in contrast to Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. While I'm no expert on the ancient ones, Hovenweep seems to be a great addition to Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde in a journey to learn about the ancient ones. The trail circumnavigates a slot canyon that is rimed with various ancient-one watch towers and ruins, and then the trail descends into the little canyon and back up the other side to complete the loop. Well-marked trail that is dog friendly.

The actual trail is an out and back totaling .75 miles. The ruins are quite large, but if you're looking for a good hike look elsewhere.

Very nice and fairly easy trail through some very historic sites

Very nice Monument! Campgrounds are very clean and staff super friendly and helpful. Didn’t have much time but did do the ancient trail loop. Worth the time and the drive. Will be coming back in the near future!

Very interesting ruins. This is a quieter site than nearby Mesa Verde. It requires more driving due to it's location, but worth it. Very easy hike/walk. Pay attention to signage and rock markers on the ground to return to the visitors center. it is not visible from most of the trail. Be mindful of animals and children, there can be rattlesnakes near the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

My 6-year-old loved clambering up and down the rocks and steps on this trail. It is a loop around and into a small canyon to view several ruins perched on precarious ledges. Despite the bit of up and down it's not very strenuous. Beware of rattlesnakes - we saw one. Visitor's center is closed Tue and Wed but we had a great visit despite missing out on that part.

These two hikes are short. The hike to Holly was 0.4 mile, and the hike to Hackberry was a mile roundtrip. We did take a truck to get to the parking lot of these two hikes. It is meant for off roading vehicles. We went a few hours before sunset and had great pictures!

hiking
8 months ago

We enjoyed the hike a lot. Like other reviewers mention, it does take you around (and into) the canyon with up close views of the pueblos. Our dog had a great time as there were lots of rabbits. We heard there was a rattle snake but never saw it.

more of a walk then a hike

hiking
9 months ago

Fun little trail with interesting above ground ruins spread out around a small canyon. You could really imagine the quaint community that once lived there.

Easy hike. Very cool to be that close to ruins.

Breathtaking

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike mostly around the perimeter of a canyon. The north end of the trail does take you into the canyon. There were almost no other visitors here. Hot day, so take water. Very educational.

hiking
11 months ago

My girlfriend and I visited hovenweep in august of 2015 while staying in Cortez Colorado. Very interesting ruins not to mention the scenic drive that takes you there. Nice little stop if you have the time. We took the short hike and enjoyed it very much.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

very nice easy hike around the park, many interesting ruins.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Outstanding trail walking by a number of ruins

hiking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nice easy trail that takes you past ancient ruins. It's amazing that they are still there. Dogs are allowed on a leash. The visitor center has restrooms and a water fountain. Even in mid July it wasn't hot walking the trail.

walking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The trail takes you past many ancient ruins and is really quite incredible. Easy for all ages and it seemed that many parts were wheelchair accessible.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great short hike for all ages.

hiking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Great family hike

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