hikercentral.comNational Parks


Hovenweep National Monument

Custom Search

Hovenweep National Monument protects five prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages spread over a twenty-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border. The multi-story towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders lead visitors to marvel at the skill and motivation of their builders.

Hovenweep is noted for its solitude and undeveloped, natural character. The Square Tower Group is the primary contact facility with a visitor center, campground and interpretive trail. Outlying groups include Holly, Horseshoe, Hackberry, Cutthroat Castle and Cajon. Land surrounding Hovenweep belongs to the Navajo Nation, Bureau of Land Management, State of Utah and private landowners.



Email - hoveinfo@nps.gov

Write to
McElmo Route
Cortez, CO 81321

Visitor Information - (970)562-4282
Headquarters - (435)719-2100


Operating Hours, Seasons
Hovenweep is open year-round. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., with extended hours during summer. The visitor center is closed winter holidays. Hiking trails are open during daylight hours.

Getting There
PLANE - Commercial airlines serve Cortez and Grand Junction, CO, Salt Lake City and Moab, UT, and Albuquerque, NM as well as other cities in the Four Corners area.

CAR - The road to the Visitor Center and Square Tower Group is paved from Cortez, Colorado, on County Road G (the McElmo Canyon Road), and from White Mesa (south of Blanding) on Highway 262.

The road from Highway 666 (near Pleasant View) is dirt and may be impassable after storms. This road accesses most of the outlying units in Colorado.

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

BUS - Commercial bus and van shuttles service nearby towns, but not Hovenweep specifically.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - There is no public transportation to Hovenweep.

Weather & Climate
Summer highs may exceed 100 Degrees Fahrenheit, with lows in the 60's. Fall and Spring temperatures are milder, with highs in the 70's and 80's. Winter temperatures range from highs in the 40's and 50's to lows well below freezing. Snow is usually light to moderate.

The visitor center and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The Square Tower Group trail is paved to the first overlook and may be negotiated by wheelchairs with assistance. All other trails are uneven and primitive.

Getting Around
Some hiking is required to see the features of Hovenweep. Travel to the outlying units from the Square Tower Group is by foot, bike or vehicle.


Hovenweep Campground
Open All Year
There is a small campground near the visitor center which is open year round on a first-come, first-served basis. The sites are designed for tent camping, though a few sites will accommodate RV's 25 feet or less in length. Sites include tend pads, fire grills and picnic tables with shade structures. Flush toilets and running water are available.


There is no lodging at Hovenweep. See the 'LINKS' section for travel-related information.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone - (970)562-4282
Location - Hovenweep National Monument is located along the border between southeast Utah and southwest Colorado, just north and west of Cortez, Colorado. Paved roads lead from both Cortez, Colorado and Blanding, Utah. Some roads in the area remain very rough and may be impassable in stormy weather.
Closures - Closed December 25th.
Special Programs - Special interpretive programs can be arranged by calling the visitor center.
Exhibits - The visitor center contains exhibits and educational information for visitors. There is a small sales area with books specializing on the cultural and natural history of the area.
Available Facilities - Restrooms, picnic tables, drinking water

Detailed Map

Contact Info
contact info
Phone, Email, Address, GPS coordinates

Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Hovenweep National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Hovenweep National Monument:
Lazy G, Cortez, 0 miles away
McElmo Dome Sand Creek Overlook, Cortez, 5 miles away
Lazy G Campground, Cortez, 8 miles away
Ute Mountain Casino, Towaoc, 9 miles away
Mesa Oasis Campground, Cortez, 9 miles away
Williams RV Park, Cortez, 10 miles away
Sleeping Ute RV Park, Towaoc, 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Hovenweep National Monument:
Property Offline - America's Budget Inn Loya, Cortez , 10 miles away
Knights Inn Cortez CO, Cortez , 10 miles away
National 9 Inn Sand Canyon, Cortez , 10 miles away
Super 8 Cortez/Mesa Verde Area, Cortez , 11 miles away
Best Western Turquoise Inn & Suites, Cortez , 11 miles away
Travelodge Cortez, Cortez , 12 miles away
Econo Lodge Cortez, Cortez , 12 miles away
 Trails Near Hovenweep National Monument:
Trail Cross Trail, Montezuma County , 12 miles away
Ute Springs Trail, Montezuma County , 14 miles away
Pinyon Pack Trail, Montezuma County , 14 miles away
Ute Trail, Montezuma County , 16 miles away
McPhee Stock Trail, Montezuma County , 17 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Hovenweep National Monument:
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 47 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 66 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 69 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 78 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 79 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
 Whitewater Near Hovenweep National Monument:
Dolores River, Montezuma.Dolores County , 17 miles away, Class II-III - 19 miles long (McPhee Reservoir to Dove Creek Pump Station)
Dolores River, Dolores Montrose San Miguel County , 25 miles away, Class II-III+(IV) - 28 miles long (Dove Creek Pump Station to Slickrock)
 Public Lands Near Hovenweep National Monument:
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 22 miles away
Yucca House National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 22 miles away
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 59 miles away
Mancos State Park, Colorado , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hovenweep National Monument:
South Forty Golf Course, Cortez , 11 miles away
Conquistador Golf Course, Cortez , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Hovenweep National Monument
Totten Lake, Montezuma County , 14 miles away

Copyright © Stratus-Pikpuk, Inc. - Pictures of park and text about park by the US National Park Service. Operating hours and fees are valid at the date of publishing and are subject to change, please contact park directly for current information.