About Us

The purpose of Hovenweep National Monument is to:

  • Protect extraordinary examples of prehistoric architecture and the setting in which they are located.
  • Protect other features of geological, historical, and scientific interest.
  • Provide opportunities for visitor appreciation and education that leave monument resources unimpaired.

Hovenweep National Monument is part of the Southeast Utah Group of parks, sharing some staff and administrative offices with Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument. The Southeast Utah Group headquarters is in Moab, Utah.

Our Staff and Offices

Laws and Policies


Do Business With Us

Companies or individuals wishing to provide commercial services in the park, such as tours and transportation or photography tours, must have a commercial use authorization with our concessions and permit office. Read more about commercial services.


Many documents guide the management of Hovenweep. Those available on this site are intended to publicize management plans and demonstrate how park operations are structured toward achieving the National Park Service mission. All files require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.


Founding Documents

Hovenweep National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation no. 1654 (42 Stat. 2299), signed by President Warren G. Harding on March 2, 1923.

Park boundaries were later amended with Proclamation no. 2924 (April 26,1951), Proclamation no. 2998 (November 20, 1952) and Proclamation no. 3132 (April 6, 1956).


Guidance Documents

In 2013, the park developed a Foundation Statement (11.2 MB PDF) to update a shared understanding of the park's purpose, significance, resources and values. This document can serve as a foundation for future planning and management decisions.

Last updated: August 8, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

McElmo Route
Cortez, CO 81321


(970) 562-4282 x10

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