Hovenweep National Monument

Deep in the southeastern Utah desert, ancient Pueblo ruins rise out of the landscape — this is Hovenweep National Monument, a mesa that's been used by humans for more than 10,000 years. The ruins date back to the 1200s when more than 2,500 Ancestral Puebloans lived and farmed the land. All that remains of this thriving civilization are six groups of stone towers, which remain a mystery to archaeologists. Set up camp in the monument's campground and hike among the towers; in this lightly visited corner of Utah, you can explore for hours in solitude.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Hovenweep National Monument

Bring sturdy shoes and a hat on your trip to Hovenweep National Monument; most of the ruins require you to hike. The trails, with the exception of the Square Tower Group paths, are located down bumpy roads. Ask in the visitor center about road conditions before attempting the drive. A small selection of restaurants and shopping options sit within an hour's drive of the park, making a great stop on your way to or from the ruins.

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How To Get To Hovenweep National Monument

The National Park Service advises you not to use your GPS to reach Hovenweep National Monument. If you're coming from Bluff, Utah, take UT-162 east and drive for about 23 miles. Turn left when you see the Hovenweep National Monument sign at McElmo Canyon Road. Drive 9 miles, and then, take a left on County Road 5099/401 and a right on County Road 413/213. After 6 miles, you'll see the park entrance sign.


County Road 268 A, Montezuma Creek, UT 84534

Fee: Entry fee per vehicle (1-4 adults) $7.0

Fee: Entry fee per vehicle (5+ adults) $10.0

Hovenweep National Monument is a testament to the remarkable skill of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Whether you're interested in history or you're seeking quiet hikes through the remote Utah wilderness, this fascinating site makes the perfect weekend destination. An RV is a fantastic way to sleep comfortably in the summer heat or cold winter evenings.