Hovenweep National Monument
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Travel time: 1 hr 20 min Known for its six abandoned Ancestral Puebloan ruins, Hovenweep National Monument is located on land in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah on the Cajon Mesa of the Great Sage Plain. These 700-year-old ruins can be visited by paved and dirt roads, but only hiking…
Distance is 45 miles SW of Blanding , 55 minute drive. View prehistoric village ruins.
A personal favorite. More cool ruins. Remote, less crowded. It is a bit of a drive but well worth it. Best in spring and fall for cooler temps. If going in summer, try for early AM.
For more history and culture take the 45-minute drive west to Hovenweep National Monument. There are 6 prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200-1300. Great hiking but be mindful of the potential for extreme heat and aridness in summer months.
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“Small but convenient. It's not a Smiths or Albertson's or Safeway, but it will work in a pinch. CLOSED ON SUNDAY.”
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