|Facilities: Restrooms, picnic tables, and drinking water are provided. A campground provides 25 individual campsites.|
Best Time To Visit: Hovenweep is open year-round. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with extended hours during summer. The visitor center is closed winter holidays. Hiking trails are open during daylight hours.
Fees: An admission fee is charged.
Accessibility: The visitor center and restrooms are both wheelchair accessible. The Square Tower Group trail is paved to the first overlook and may be negotiated by wheelchairs with assistance.
Rules: Stay on designated trails and stay away from fallen walls and mounds of stone. Be careful where you step. Do not walk on walls or other kinds of architecture. Walking on walls and structures weakens them, accelerating erosion.Areas behind chain barriers are closed to protect fragile sites. Do not cross these barriers.Look but do not touch. The oils from your hands permanently stain rock surfaces.Eat at designated picnic tables. Do not eat or leave food-related garbage at archeological sites. Food attracts rodents that will burrow and build nests in the fragile structures.Take photographs; do not take artifacts. The Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 protects archeological resources. Any person who excavates, removes, damages, alters, or defaces archeological resources on federal land is subject to arrest and felony prosecution.Pets are allowed on trails, but must be leashed at all times
Directions: The road to the Visitor Center and Square Tower Group is paved from Cortez, on County Road G (the McElmo Canyon Road), and from White Mesa (south of Blanding) on Highway 262.
Map: Click here for a map to Hovenweep National Monument
Reservations: The campgrounds are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are NOT accepted.