Hovenweep: December’s National Park Getaway
The Ancient Towers of Hovenweep National Monument
December's National Park Getaway destination
6 ancient villages
Courtesy of the NPS
in one spectacular National Monument: This December, the National Park Service is highlighting Hovenweep National Monument as the National Park Getaway! And what perfect timing, with cooler temps, quiet days and smaller crowds in this wondrous monument just across the border in Colorado.
Photo (c) NPS
Hovenweep was occupied by the Ancestral Puebloans 800 years ago
, who lived in small villages perched on canyon rims. These towers and rooms at the head of canyons offered landscape wide views as well as a deep connection to the night sky and celestial happenings. On your visit to Hovenweep, you can see how these ancient structures have weathered the test of time well, with the ancient mortar holding together gently-shaped stones still visible.
Hovenweep is also popular because it is an International Dark Sky Park
, where visitors come from around the world to experience the Milky Way under pristine dark skies.
Photo (c) NPS
Lucky for you, Hovenweep is only a 50-minute drive from Bluff. From the visitor's center, you can take short walks to a large village site. We invite you to learn more about what to do on your visit to Hovenweep on our page
which includes a printable itinerary or check out the National Park Service's latest blog