• Architectural details from the Holly Site


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  • GPS Users

    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.

For Kids

Local third graders visiting Square Tower
Local third graders visiting Square Tower
NPS photo by Neal Herbert
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.

Junior Ranger Program

Along with family-oriented interpretive talks, Hovenweep has a Junior Ranger Program suitable for ages 6 to 12. The program introduces children to the cultural history of the area and their role in preserving special places like Hovenweep. The free booklet includes several fun activities that kids can complete while they explore the Square Tower Group. Booklets are available at the visitor center.

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?

Did You Know?

The common raven displays abilities to play and problem-solve rare among animals. This member of the crow family is also very vocal, using a variety of sounds for communication. Perhaps because of these qualities, ravens have achieved a certain stature in both European and Native American folklore.