Directions & Transportation


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The directions listed on this page are for the park’s visitor center, located within the Square Tower Group. From the visitor center, the Square Tower Group structures and the campground are easy to access.

Park Address:

Hovenweep National Monument is scattered across a 20-mile span along the southeast Utah and southwest Colorado border. The closest town is Aneth, UT, approximately 18 miles southeast of the park visitor center.

Physical Address:

Hovenweep National Monument Visitor Center
Montezuma Creek, UT 84534

large brown sign with words "Hovenweep National Monument, 10 mi" and arrow
Road signs are metal or wood, brown in color, with white lettering. These signs are at turns on most major navigational routes.

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We do not recommend using GPS to find your way. Often, GPS unexpectedly leads visitors to one of the outlying units or down dirt roads. Cell service may be spotty or not available along your route. Please be cautious if using a GPS unit or other navigation device.


The NPS app (available for Android or Apple OS) allows you to download parks for offline use. The park information includes a park map showing the visitor center. If you are using the NPS app, we recommend saving Hovenweep National Monument for offline use.

Road Signs

There are directional road signs at each of the major turns along the route to Hovenweep. Look for the brown signs with Hovenweep on them to help navigate. Other road signs, including road numbers of names, may change or may be named differently on different maps.


Directions from Nearby Towns

Click on the town to see the directions to Hovenweep's visitor center.

North (via Pleasant View, CO)

  • From Cortez, take US 491 north for 22 miles
  • Turn left onto County Road CC, travel 5 miles
  • Turn left onto County Road 10, travel 22 miles
  • Turn left to enter the park

South (via McElmo Canyon)

  • From Cortez, take US 491 south for 2 miles
  • Turn right onto County Road G, travel 30 miles
  • Turn right onto Cajon Mesa Road (Rt-2416), travel 4 miles
  • Turn right onto N-5069 (Rt-2422/CR-213), travel 6 miles
  • Turn right to enter the park

  • From Blanding, take US 191 south for 15 miles
  • Turn left onto US 262, travel 8 miles
  • Turn left onto RT-5099 (Hovenweep Rd / Hatch Trading Post Rd), travel ~7 miles
  • Turn right onto Cajon Mesa Road, travel 9 miles
  • Turn left onto N-5069 (Rt-2422/CR-213), travel 6 miles
  • Turn right to enter the park

  • From Bluff, travel north on US 191 for less than 1 mile
  • Turn right onto US 162, travel 16 miles
  • Turn right onto US 262, then immediately turn left onto US 162, travel 7 miles
  • Turn left onto N-5068 (Ismay Tading Post Road), travel 9 miles
  • Turn left onto Cajon Mesa Road (Rt-2416), travel 4 miles
  • Turn right onto N-5069 (Rt-2422/CR-213), travel 6 miles
  • Turn right to enter the park

Commercial / Public Transportation

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: June 9, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

McElmo Route
Cortez, CO 81321


970 562-4282 x5

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