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To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service (NPS) facilities, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing the NPS has implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors.

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Masks are Required

At Hovenweep National Monument, all people must wear face masks when indoors, including park stores and restrooms, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, masks must be worn in outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, and other congested areas. For a full list of areas where this mandate will be enforced, see the Superintendent's Compendium.

Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement.

What's Open?

  • Park Roads

  • Hiking trails - plan ahead and be prepared

  • Restrooms throughout the park
  • Campground
  • Hovenweep Visitor Center, for information only (no exhibits). Visitor center hours are: Thursday - Monday, 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.
  • The park bookstore operated by Canyonlands Natural History Association is open Thursday through Monday, 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm. Credit cards only.

What's Closed?

Visitor Services and Park Information

  • The Hovenweep Visitor Center is open for information only 9 am–noon and 2–4 pm, Thursday through Monday.

  • Park maps and pre-stamped passport stamps are available outside the visitor center.

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Stay safe and leave no trace!

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Recreate Responsibly

When recreating, park visitors should follow the National Park Service mask mandate, maintain social distance, and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please do not visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

  • Keep your distance. Give others plenty of room (at least 6 feet) whether you are on a trail or in a parking lot.

  • Wear a mask. If staying at least six feet from others is not possible, wear a cloth face covering as recommended by the CDC. Masks are required throughout Hovenweep National Monument when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, restrooms, parking lots, pull-offs, and overlooks.

  • Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities are limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.



You should recreate responsibly whenever you visit us, but please be prepared for changing temperatures and possible inclement weather this winter.

  • Plan activities before you arrive and be flexible. Plan to hike before earlier sunsets.

  • Bring your water and sun protection. The air is still dry and the sun still strong.

  • Don't forget your layers! Weather can vary from below freezing to sunny and warm. Rain and snow are also possible.

  • Going other places? Be sure and check every destination for their current restrictions and requirements. Some destinations also close partially or fully in the winter months.

  • Stay parked at home to stay cozy. You can visit us virtually through our Facebook page and our website!

  • primitive trail lined with rocks near Hovenweep Castle


    Take a trail to see Hovenweep's incredible stone structures and sweeping views.

  • campsite with shade structure underneath a rainbow


    Spend the night under the stars in Hovenweep's campground. Camping is first-come, first-served.

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Last updated: January 15, 2022

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