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.
Canyon Country Outdoor Education
Canyon Country Outdoor Education (CCOE) is a cooperative venture between the National Park Service, local school districts, and nonprofit organizations in southeast Utah. Field trips are conducted to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument and other areas.
The goals for this program are:
The curriculum materials CCOE uses are available for download. They are designed for grades one through six engaging with desert habitats, but they could be adapted for other grades and other ecosystems.
Internships with the CCOE program are available spring and fall. If you like children and working outdoors, consider applying for one of these opportunities partnering with San Juan County School District.
To learn more about the program or obtain help in adapting lesson plans, please contact:
National Park Service
Please note that outdoor education staff are only available during the school year (August to June). If you need assistance outside of this time, please contact the park directly.
Did You Know?
Most of the structures at Hovenweep were built from A.D. 1230 to 1275, about the same time as the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. Growth rings on a wooden beam in Hovenweep Castle show the log was cut in A.D. 1277, one of the latest dates in the region.