Masonry that has stood for centuries

Once home to over 2,500 people, Hovenweep includes six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. Explore a variety of structures, including multistory towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders. The construction and attention to detail will leave you marveling at the skill and motivation of the builders.

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Features

Explore the Night Sky

Explore the Night Sky

On July 1, 2014, Hovenweep became the seventeenth International Dark Sky Park (IDA). Hovenweep is the first IDA Dark Sky park to span two states.

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Connect with Us

Connect with Us

Your visit doesn't have to end when you leave, and it can begin before you arrive! Join us on Facebook and become part of our online community.

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Explore Hovenweep

Explore Hovenweep

Start your visit at the Square Tower Group, the base camp for Hovenweep. From there, a short drive will take you to the other villages.

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What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

To the Utes & Paiutes, "Hovenweep" means "Deserted Valley." Pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson adopted this name during a visit in 1874.

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Ranger speaking with students

C.C.O.E.

Canyon Country Outdoor Education leads local school groups on field trips throughout the area.

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Art in the Parks

Art in the Parks

Our Community Artist in the Parks program connects local artists to the inspiring landscapes of National Parks and Monuments in southeast Utah.

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Meet our new Friends

Meet our new Friends

The Bates Wilson Legacy Fund honors a former Arches superintendent and provides direct support to the National Parks and Monuments of southeast Utah.

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