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Cutthroat Castle Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Cutthroat Castle Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pleasant View, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips



Please note: There is a temporary closure of the Cutthroat Unit. For more information: Hikers report that access to this trail has been eliminated due to private property. 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.

1 month ago

What an amazing site! Slowly spent our time here! So much to see and think about! If you have an all wheel drive and want to avoid a lil hike (which I would not recommend the hike was lovely) you can drive almost all the way up to the site. There is a nice blm dispersed camp site just .5 miles up the road :)

private property
2 months 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.

11 months ago

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! ;)

Tue Sep 18 2018

Under re-stabilization effort currently

horseback riding
Fri Jul 20 2018

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

Tue 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.

Fri May 18 2018

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.

Tue 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.

5 months ago

Wed Apr 04 2018