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 contains about 325 different vascular plant species. Types include shrubland, mixed sage and juniper woodland, pinyon-juniper forest, and riparian communities. Rabbitbrush, cliffrose, Mormon tea, yucca, and serviceberry, which were important to prehistoric ancestral Puebloans, are all still common. Historic sheep grazing eliminated much of the park’s ground cover and caused soil loss, but exotic plants have not had a great impact to date.
An official species list and park flora are available from the Northern Colorado Plateau Network. You may also download a brochure on Hovenweep plants.
Did You Know?
The rocks at Hovenweep were deposited over 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. The landscape at that time featured streams, lakes and flood plains. The Dakota Sandstone forms the mesa tops and cliffs in the area, while the Burro Canyon Shale forms talus slopes.