Last updated: December 20, 2020
The Holly Trail is Hovenweep’s longest and most rugged hike. Start at the campground follow the trail 3.5 miles along a canyon wash to the Holly Group. After exploring Holly’s standing structures and lasting petroglyphs, return along the same route for a total distance of 7 miles. The trail leads into and out of the canyon by way of slot canyon (one on each end) and winds across the wash.
We recommend the Holly trail for those wanting a longer hike, canyon hiking, or a different point of view. After all, the trail must be very similar to those taken by people who lived at Square Tower Group visiting their neighbors at Holly. There aren’t any standing structures until you reach the Holly Group, but about two miles in are rubble piles from an older, fallen structure.
The Holly Group is also home to the Holly Sun Panel, a petroglyph panel that archeologists believe marks the summer solstice. Visible any time of year, the panel is seen from an overlook at the far end of the Holly Group.
The Holly Group is also accessible from a dirt road off Road 10.
These structures may seem long-abandoned, but they are ancestral homes for the modern Pueblo peoples, many of whom believe their ancestors inhabit them still. Hovenweep National Monument was established to protect these places. Help us protect these dwellings by remaining on trail, not touching or entering any structure, and leaving any artifact in place. Thank you for doing your part and visiting respectfully!