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.