Hovenweep Ruins Trail

EASY 36 reviews

Hovenweep Ruins Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cortez, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

historic site

The Hovenweep Ruins Trail is a 1.7 mile loop that leaves from the Hovenweep Visitor Center and features 11 ancestral puebloan structures.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

5 months ago

Really easy trail with amazing views and up close ruins.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice and fairly easy trail through some very historic sites

hiking
8 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!

9 months ago

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
9 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.

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

more of a walk then a hike

hiking
11 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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Breathtaking

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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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