Using GPS to find your way to Hovenweep is not recommended. Since Hovenweep has 6 different units with numerous paved and dirt roads intesecting each other, GPS will send visitors to unknown locations other than to the park. Using a map is recommended.
The archeology of Hovenweep delights kids as much as adults. The Square Tower Group Trail is fun for all ages. Be sure to pick up a trail guide at the visitor center and plan on spending at least 1.5 hours hiking the loop.
Kids also enjoy interpretive talks where they might learn how to grind corn on a Matate', how to use an atlatl, or how lizards survive at Hovenweep. Programs and times vary. Call or check at the visitor center for current listings. Large groups may schedule special interpretive activities by contacting the park at least two weeks in advance.
Hovenweep also has a free activity sheet for children 5 and under.
Hovenweep's Junior Ranger Program is a proud partner with the Let's Move Outside Initiative.
Did You Know?
Pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson visited this area in 1874 and called it "Hovenweep," a Ute/Paiute word that means "deserted valley."