Directions & Transportation

Hovenweep National Monument is located along the border between southeast Utah and southwest Colorado, just north and west of Cortez, Colorado.

By Car

All main access roads to the park are paved.

Do not use GPS to find your way. There are numerous paved and dirt roads intersecting each other in this remote corner of Utah. GPS units may lead you astray. Use a map instead.

From Cortez, Colorado (42 miles) - Drive 2 miles south of Cortez on US 491. Follow County Road G / McElmo Canyon Road for 30 miles, turn right onto County Road 5099/401 for 4 miles, turn right on County Road 413/213 for 6 miles, turn right to enter the park.

From Blanding, Utah (45 miles) - Travel south on US 191 approximately 15 miles, turn left off US 191 to UT 262 for 8 miles, turn left off UT 262 to County Road 5099/401 for 16 miles (passing Hatch Trading Post), turn left at Hovenweep sign for 6 miles and turn right to enter the park.

From Pleasant View, Colorado - Turn off US 491 (22 miles north of Cortez) to County Road CC for 5 miles, turn left on County Road 10 for 22 miles, turn left to enter the park.

From Bluff, Utah (42 miles) - Turn off US 191 just north of Bluff to UT 162 for approximately 16 miles, turn slight right and then slight left in Montezuma Creek, Utah, to continue on UT 162 for 7 miles, turn left on McElmo Canyon Road (at the park sign) for 9 miles, turn left on County Road 5099/401 for 4 miles, turn right on County Road 413/213 for 6 miles, turn right into park.

All roads into the outlying units are unpaved and are not maintained regularly. They are usually impassable during inclement weather. This includes Horseshoe & Hackberry, Holly and Cutthroat Castle off County Road 10 in Colorado and Cajon off County Road 5099/401 in Utah. We recommend high-clearance vehicles for the Cutthroat Castle site. Stop by the visitor center for directions and road condition updates before attempting to visit any outlying sites.

By Bus

Commercial bus and van shuttles service nearby towns, but they do not travel directly to Hovenweep.

By Plane

Commercial airlines serve Cortez, Durango, and Grand Junction, Colorado; Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah; and Albuquerque, New Mexico; as well as other cities in the Four Corners area.

Public Transportation

There is no public transportation to or within Hovenweep.

Last updated: April 17, 2018

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McElmo Route
Cortez , CO 81321


970 562-4282 x5

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