Cutthroat Castle Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews

Cutthroat Castle Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cortez, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

1.3 miles
183 feet
Out & Back


nature trips



The earliest historic record of Cutthroat Castle dates from 1929, when it was documented by archeologist Paul Martin. The site was added to Hovenweep National Monument in 1956.

4 hours ago

Under re-stabilization effort currently

horseback riding
1 month ago

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

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

4 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.

5 months ago