Hovenweep National Monument

Bluff, Utah 84512

Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument Professional Review and Guide

"Hovenweep is a Ute Indian word meaning “deserted valley,” which was applied to the area by the famous pioneer photographer William H. Jackson in 1874.

This tour takes you from the visitor center to outlying sites, some of which are difficult to reach by passenger car. There you can reflect in silence upon the lifestyles of these ancient people and envision the sights, sounds, and scents of the ancient Indian village. The main thoroughfare is a graded, light duty dirt road that is suitable for passenger cars when dry. Spur roads leading to ruin sites are on sand and rock doubletracks that may not be suitable for passenger cars."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Year around
5,240 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,040 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, San Juan Resource Area, 435-587-1500
Local Contacts
USGS: Ruin Point,UT and Negro Canyon, CO
Local Maps