National Monument's unique
towers grouped in six well preserved ruin villages, remind
many visitors of European castles. Interestingly, these
ancient structures straddling the Utah-Colorado border
were built about the same time as medieval fortresses.
The largest and most accessible of the Hovenweep ruins
is Square Tower, where several structures are located.
National Monument protects some of the finest examples
of ancient stone architecture in the southwest. The inhabitants
of Hovenweep National Monument were part of the large
farming culture which occupied the Four Corners region
of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona from about
500 B.C. until nearly A.D. 1300. These peoples that inhabited
Hovenweep National Monument also constructed the cliff
dwellings in nearby Mesa Verde National Park. The Hovenweep
National Monument is noted for its solitude, clear skies
and undeveloped, natural character.
is a system of loop trails at the Square Tower Unit and
ranger-guided tours throughout the day. Hovenweep National
Monument is 20 miles north of Aneth via a paved road.
There is a 30-site campground and a new visitor center.