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 park is home to more than 150 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Common mammals include mule deer, bobcat, mountain lion, and coyotes. Birds are most numerous in cottonwood and willow vegetation along streams and perennial water sources. Reptiles are found throughout. The most common lizards are the side-blotched and sagebrush lizards. The most common snakes are gopher snake, western rattlesnake, and striped whipsnake. Amphibians are not common, found only near streams, springs, and rock pools. There are no fish.
An official species list is available from the Northern Colorado Plateau Network. You may also download a brochure on Hovenweep wildlife.
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.