Hovenweep

Blanding, Utah 84511

Hovenweep

Hovenweep Professional Review and Guide

"Even if no bike ride or prehistoric ruins awaited, the drive to Hovenweep National Momument from points west would be worth doing: flood plains chock-full of Navajo frame houses and hogans, sitting beneath slickrock hills spotted with junipers. Absolutely beautiful. The ride, quite easy both aerobically and technically, follows remote roads of chipseal, gravel, and sand surfaces, with a bit of ledge rock thrown in for good measure.

A loop of 10.5 miles connects two spurs, combining for a total mileage of 21.5. Rather like New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, another park created to preserve Anasazi ruins, Hovenweep National Monument is way out there and consequently relatively rarely visited. When the wind’s not blowing, there might not be a quieter place on earth—just the occasional gargling raven, screeching jay, or chortling squirrel. The quiet fits, permitting you not only to see the past but to hear the ghosts of prehistoric times. General location: Straddling the Utah - Colorado border some 45 miles southeast of Blanding."

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Trail Information

Blanding
Nearby City
21.5
Distance
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
March through May; September through November
Season
Hovenweep National Monument, 970-749-0510
Local Contacts
Route map - "Tour Two: Holly-Hackberry-Corral Loop", available at Visitor Center
Local Maps