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?
Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal.