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.
Plan Your Field Trip
A variety of opportunities are available to educational groups visiting the park. Please be aware that visitor center hours of operation change throughout the year. Once you have explored these pages, contact us via the park information line (970-562-4282) or via email if you have further questions regarding your trip logistics.
Apply for an Entrance Fee Waiver
Travel By Bus
Large vehicles like school buses or rental coaches can drive to the visitor center, from which the Square Tower Ruin trail is easily accessible. All roads to the outlying units are dirt and not maintained regularly. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for visiting these sites.
Attend a Ranger Program
Spring through fall, short porch and overlook talks and evening campground programs are offered to the public on a regular schedule, and visiting school groups may join any of these programs. Private guided walks or talks can also be arranged for larger groups; please contact the park well in advance.
Hike a Trail
Non-commercial educational groups may hike together on all park trails. For groups larger than ~20 people, breaking into smaller groups is appreciated by other hikers.
Stay in the Campground
A small campground near the visitor center is open year-round on a first-come/first-served basis. Campsites cost $10 per night, and entrance fee waivers do not affect camping fees. More...
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.