Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument

Planning Your Visit

Things To Know Before You Come

The visitor center and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The Square Tower Group trail is paved to the first overlook and may be negotiated by wheelchairs with assistance. All other trails are uneven and primitive.

Pets are allowed on trails and in the campground, but must be leashed at all times.

Food, gas, lodging and similar services are not available at Hovenweep. These are available in nearby towns like Blanding, UT, Monticello, UT and Cortez, CO. Visit the San Juan County Travel Council for more information about southeast Utah, or Mesa Verde Country for information about southwest Colorado.

Weather and Climate
Southeast Utah is part of the Colorado Plateau, a "high desert" region that experiences wide temperature fluctuations, sometimes over 40 degrees in a single day. The temperate (and most popular) seasons are spring (April through May) and fall (mid-September through October), when daytime highs average 60 to 80 F and lows average 30 to 50 F. Summer temperatures often exceed 100 F, making strenuous exercise difficult. Late summer monsoon season brings violent storm cells which often cause flash floods. Winters are cold, with highs averaging 30 to 50 F, and lows averaging 0 to 20 F. Though large snowfalls are uncommon (except in nearby mountains), even small amounts of snow or ice can make local trails and roads impassable.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Hovenweep is open year-round. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours during summer. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Fees & Reservations

All federal lands passes are issued and accepted at Hovenweep.

Individuals: $3 (Good for 7 Days)
This fee applies to motorcycles, bicycles and walk-ins (per person).

Vehicles: $6 (Good for 7 days)
This fee includes all occupants of a vehicle.

Local Passport: $25 (Good for one year)
Good for entrance to Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges.

Commercial Tours
Fee depends upon the capacity of the vehicle. One- to six-passenger vehicles are charged $25 and $5 per person. Seven- to 25-passenger vehicles are charged $40. Twenty-six or more passenger vehicles are charged $100.

Sites at the campground are $10 per night. All sites are first-come, first-served.


Hovenweep National Monument is located along the border between southeast Utah and southwest Colorado, just north and west of Cortez, Colorado.

By Car
Paved roads lead to the visitor center and Square Tower Group from Cortez, Colorado (County Road G / McElmo Canyon Road), from Highway 191 south of Blanding, Utah, and from Pleasant View, Colorado. All roads into the outlying units are dirt and are not maintained regularly. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for visiting these sites.

By Bus
Commercial bus and van shuttles service nearby towns, but not Hovenweep specifically.

By Plane
Commercial airlines serve Cortez and Grand Junction, CO, Salt Lake City and Moab, UT, and Albuquerque, NM as well as other cities in the Four Corners area.

Public Transportation
There is no public transportation to Hovenweep.