Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument is an important piece of American Indian history located on the Utah/Colorado border. This is mesa and canyon country filled with ancient ruins and archaeological treasures.

When to Go

There is not a bad time to visit Hovenweep but it can be extremely hot in the summer. The park is open year-round and the late fall is our favorite time to visit.

The Ruins

Hovenweep was once home to ancient anasazi or pueblo indians. The park has six ancient villages spread across Colorado and Utah. The kivas and structures of cutthroat castle are our favorite structures to visit.

The horseshoe structure are also interesting because they are more recent and are linked to modern Navajo and Hopi Indians.

Hovenweep Hiking

Hiking is required to visit most of the ruins in the park. The hikes are generally short but we recommend carrying plenty of water.


Camping is available near the visitor center but RV space is limited and there are not any hook-ups. Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis.


Interpretive programs and Ranger led educational programs are available most of the year. The visitors has a wealth of information also.

Similar Places to Visit

Four Corners, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Basin National Park, Colorado National Monument, American Indian Museums,

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