Hovenweep Ruins Trail

EASY 24 reviews

Hovenweep Ruins Trail is a 1.7 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.

1.7 miles
190 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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.

1 day 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.

3 days 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.

7 days 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.

9 days ago

more of a walk then a hike

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago


3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

8 months ago

11 months ago

very nice easy hike around the park, many interesting ruins.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Outstanding trail walking by a number of ruins

Friday, August 19, 2016

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.