This is an archived article that was published on in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Directions • There is a trail head at the visitors center and another at the campground.

With so many well-preserved Anasazi ruins in such a short distance, you can almost imagine what the community looked like 750 years ago. And you get to see the mesas and plant life of southeast Utah. The trail is well marked and easy to hike. Take it in either direction and you'll pass eight ruins. More are visible on the canyon floor. You will traverse the shallow canyon on the trail's east end. The hike's highlight is Hovenweep Castle, on the trail's west end, a collection of walls from what was once a much larger structure.

Hiking time1 hour

Round trip miles2.13 miles

Elevation gain68 feet


Trailhead restroomsYes

Dogs allowedYes

Bikes allowedNo

Fees$6 per vehicle