Hovenweep National Monument

Remote and starkly beautiful, Hovenweep preserves a brief chapter of Ancestral Puebloan history. Sage covers the plains to hide 20 square miles of farms and fields cultivated by early inhabitants; rubble and rock falls now disguise much of their first homes. Surviving though are six groupings of multi-storied towers, dating from the mid-thirteenth century. They stand like sentries on canyon rims guarding precious spring water. The visitors center provides seasonal interpretive programs and serves as the base to hike the two mile self guided trail to the Seven Towers Group.

Hours of Operation:
Hovenweep is open year-round. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours during summer. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Paved roads lead to the visitor center and Square Tower Group from Cortez, Colorado (County Road G / McElmo Canyon Road), from Highway 191 south of Blanding, Utah, and from Pleasant View, Colorado.

Visitor Services:
Snack Bar / Restaurant
Visitor Information
Picnic Area
Pet Area

National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips:
All roads into the outlying units are dirt and are not maintained regularly. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for visiting these sites.

Entrance Fees:
$6 per vehicle

McElmo Route
Cortez,  CO  81321