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.
Hovenweep National Monument is located along the border between southeast Utah and southwest Colorado, just north and west of Cortez, Colorado.
From Cortez, Colorado (42 miles) - Travel 2 miles south of Cortez on Highway 491 to County Road G / McElmo Canyon Road for 30 miles, turn right on County Road 401 for 4 miles, turn right on County Road 413/213 for 6 miles, turn right to enter park.
From Blanding, Utah (45 miles) - Travel south on Highway 191 approximately 15 miles, turn left off Hwy 191 to Hwy 262 for 8 miles, turn left off Hwy 262 to Hwy 401 for 16 miles (passes Hatch Trading Post), turn left at Hovenweep sign for 6 miles and turn right to enter the park.
From Pleasant View, Colorado -Turn off Hwy 491 (20 miles North of Cortez) to County Road BB for 5 miles, turn left on Hwy 10 for 20 miles, turn left to enter the park.
From Bluff, Utah (42 miles) - Turn off Hwy 191 just north of Bluff to Hwy 162 for approximately 16 miles, turn slight right and then slight left in Montezuma Creek, Utah to continue on Hwy 162 for 7 miles, turn left on McElmo Canyon Road for 9 miles, turn left on County Road 401 for 4 miles, turn right on County Road 413/213 for 6 miles, turn right into park.
All roads into the outlying units are dirt and are not maintained regularly, making them impassable during inclement weather. This includes Horseshoe, Hackberry, Holly and Cutthroat Castle off of Hwy 10 in Colorado and Cajon off Hwy 401 in Utah. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for the Cutthroat Castle site.
Did You Know?
Pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson visited this area in 1874 and called it "Hovenweep," a Ute/Paiute word that means "deserted valley."