Location: Hovenweep National Monument
Access Point: 37.3573981,-108.8597312
Length: 1 – 3 hours
Our family has always been fascinated with Native American history. On one of our trips to Cortez, Colorado, we took the opportunity to visit Hovenweep National Monument. The masonry structures that have stood the test of time will amaze anyone who visits. There is a two-mile hike around the structures with plenty of photographic opportunities. Each structure is stunning with a story to tell. The story is that of ancient Puebloans who worked hard to live and survive in this area. Hovenweep National Monument is rich in history, and to be able to explore the area and to get up close to the structures makes the trip even more memorable.
Make sure when you visit Hovenweep National Monument that you bring good hiking shoes, your camera, and water. Take your time enjoying each structure and the view of the mountains. The trail is a little difficult in a few places so make sure you are prepared for that. Also, make sure you check the weather as it can vary.
While in the area, make sure to check out Cortez and Durango, Colorado and Mesa Verde National Park. We highly recommend the Cortez/Mesa Verde KOA as your base camp. You can camp in a tent, stay in one of their camping cabins, or take your own RV. The Cortez area is one of our family favorites! Also, if you mountain bike, hit up one of the awesome trails in the area. The historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a fun trip to take. This area is brimming in history and beautiful landscape! Make the Cortez area a place to visit where you can take a step back in time!