Plan Your Visit

man walking toward ruin of stone structure
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

  • yellow cliffrose blossoms
    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


What to Do

  • 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.

  • silhouetted structures with the night sky and Milky Way overhead.
    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.

  • symbol of dog on leash

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

  • symbol of sun

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


Learn about facilities and services for people with disabilities.

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Look for events and activities at Hovenweep.

Park Regulations
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Trip Itineraries
Browse suggestions on how to spend your visit.

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Last updated: July 18, 2022

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McElmo Route
Cortez, CO 81321


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