Hovenweep National Monument spans a total area of about 785 acres of land that is located in San Juan County which is in southeastern Utah and Montezuma County which is in southwestern Colorado. The only paved entrance road to the national monument is UT 262, which runs east from US 191 to about 15 miles south of Blanding which is a city in San Juan County.
The historic site is also accessible from Cortez, one of the most populous cities in the municipality of Montezuma County, Colorado. Several unique features make the Hovenweep National Monument a tremendous place to visit. First, the site protects six prehistoric Puebloan-era villages that spread over a twenty-mile expanse in canyons and on the mesa tops along the Utah-Colorado border.
One of the first settlers to discover these structures was W.D. Huntington who was the leader of a Mormon expedition that ventured into southeastern Utah in 1854. The protected land at Hovenweep National Monument was declared a national monument on March 2, 1923.
Besides these attractions, there are several other activities that visitors to the park can enjoy such as hiking, camping, and interpretive programs. Some of the conveniences at the park that visitors can enjoy include restrooms, self-guided trails, a campground with about thirteen 31 sites, a ranger station, museum/exhibit, and a picnic area.
Dogs are undoubtedly welcome to visit Hovenweep National Monument although, like other parks, dogs have to be kept in check and prevented from disrupting or destroying the park's resources. This includes plants, wildlife, and buildings at the Hovenweep National Monument.
Additionally, any disturbance to other visitors to the park will not be tolerated. As such, it is important to keep dogs on a leash at all times and to ensure that the dog is always under the immediate attention of its owner. Furthermore, dog owners should clean up after their pooch and dispose of the solid waste correctly.