Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Hovenweep National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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horseback riding
3 months ago

Nice ride, easy on horseback. Nice to be able to see ruins up close, no crowds.

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.

6 months ago

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.

6 months 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.

6 months ago

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

Really easy trail with amazing views and up close ruins.

8 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.

10 months ago

Very nice and fairly easy trail through some very historic sites

11 months ago

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!

Friday, October 20, 2017

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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

more of a walk then a hike

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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