Plan Your Visit

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Take a hike to Hovenweep Castle (above), part of the Square Tower Group.

NPS Photo by Sheena Harper

Welcome to Hovenweep

Hovenweep National Monument is land of beauty and culture, of sweeping desert horizon dotted with the remains of ancestral Puebloan villages. The towers of Hovenweep are a true testament to the skill and dedication of the stone masons who built them. Come for the history, stay for the natural quiet and dark night skies.


Plan By Season

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    Visiting in Spring

    Moderate temperatures and wildflower blooms make spring and fall Hovenweep's busiest times of year.

  • Twin Towers, an ansectral Puebloan stone structure

    Visiting in Summer

    Summers at Hovenweep are hot and dry, with temperatures often reaching the high 90s and over 100ºF.

  • Hovenweep Castle covered in snow

    Visiting in Winter

    Hovenweep is open year-round, but services are reduced in winter. Conditions can change rapidly; be prepared for all kinds of weather.


Get Oriented

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    Basic Information

    The basics: fees, operating hours, goods and services, current conditions, and weather.

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    We don't recommend a GPS.

    Driving Directions

    Hovenweep units are isolated, and GPS units may lead you astray. Check here for directions, and use a map during your visit.

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    Explore Hovenweep

    Start your visit at the Square Tower Group, the base camp for Hovenweep. From there, a short drive will take you to the other villiages.

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    Trails close at sunset


    Understand what you can and can't do at Hovenweep.Help us preserve and protect this special place!

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    NPS Trip Planning Guide

    Know before you go! Use this National Park Service guide to be prepared and avoid common mistakes. Make your fun adventure a safe one too!

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    Nearby Attractions

    Explore other nearby national parks and public lands, as well as local partners.


What to Do

  • primitive trail lined with rocks near Hovenweep Castle


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

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

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    Observe the Night Sky

    On July 1, 2014, Hovenweep became the seventeenth International Dark Sky Park. Hovenweep is the first dark sky park to span two states.


Safety First

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    General Park Safety

    Your one-stop shop on what to bring, what to watch out for, and how to have a safe and fun adventure.

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    Your furry friends are allowed on park trails on leash. Learn how to visit safely with pets.

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    Hovenweep has varying temperature extremes. Know what to expect what how to prepare.


Learn about facilities and services for people with disabilities.

Get books, maps, and other materials to help you plan your visit.

Look for events and activities at Hovenweep.

Park Regulations
How to protect your park.

Trip Itineraries
Browse suggestions on how to spend your visit.

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Last updated: February 16, 2018

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Cortez , CO 81321


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