Looking for a great trail in Hovenweep National Monument, Utah? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Hovenweep National Monument ranging from 0.7 to 1.6 miles and from 5,164 to 6,709 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

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private property
5 days ago

Access to trail has been eliminated due to private property. Every access point has large posted signs indicating no trespassing. I believe this can only be accessed from the main Hovenweep trail.

oh my God loved it! Traveled from Arizona just for this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing structures. Visitor Center has hiking sticks you can borrow.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is beautiful and if it weren’t for the one section where you cross the canyon it would be easy! And perhaps if you are in really great shape it is! My beautiful wife and I are just getting into hiking and are both bigger people working our way back into shape. Also AllTrails says it is only 1.6 miles. Which might be correct if you don’t do the full loop. I forgot to record my trip but I clocked it at 2.5 miles. All in all it was absolutely worth it. If you are not in the best shape I recommend that when you get down to the loop from the path that leads from the visitors center, turn left. The first section will be a steep drop down several stairs cut into the mountain and then a steep section back up. I wish we would have turned left because after that part the rest is really easy. We went the other way and had already done two other hikes earlier in the day so we were pretty tired by the time we got to the steep sections. I would recommend this trail to anyone who is in the area. Just take plenty of water! After you leave the visitor center there is nowhere to get any until you get back and the trail is about 95% out in the open. Be safe and hydrate!

hiking
3 months ago

Wow! Definitely worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Might be easy for people in shape but the canyon part was killer on me. It was a great hike though.

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3 months ago

Not much to see.

hiking
3 months ago

Really impressive that all these buildings were found in such great shape.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice ruins.

Nice little hike to see some ruins. Getting to the trailhead in a sedan is the most difficult part.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty views and flowers. Nice ruins. I (barely) made it the last 6 or so miles in my sedan, though I parked on the “main” road and walked the last 0.3 miles to the trail.

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4 months ago

This was a nice, short hike. The trail was well defined and maintained.

After hiking for a bit and through a fence gap off and back on the Hovenweep property, the towers suddenly pop out of the juniper forest in plain view. Being a trail that takes a little off roading to get to, we were completely on our own and it was peaceful walking through what was once someone's home. Very hot exposed trail. There are many juniper trees, but they aren't very tall, bring lots of water, especially if you hike afternoon. -- You're in the desert now, Harry! ;)

Take the trail through the canyon!! It's a little difficult to find, but when you do, it's so worth it. I loved imagining I was back in time, just playing in the canyon as a child with the familiar family towers surrounding me. The architecture is mindboggling. How did they build the walls so straight? The trail around the rim is very easy to walk and the views are stunning.

Under re-stabilization effort currently

horseback riding
Friday, July 20, 2018

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

hiking
Thursday, June 14, 2018

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

Really easy trail with amazing views and up close ruins.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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.

Friday, January 19, 2018

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.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Very nice and fairly easy trail through some very historic sites

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

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.

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