The remote location and occasionally steep, 1.5 mile path needed to view the ruins are the two main reasons for the low number of people who visit Hovenweep National Monument
, which contains the remains of six mid 13th century settlements, spanning the Utah/Colorado stateline 45 miles from Blanding. The main (western) access road is paved, though long and winding, crossing desolate, largely uninhabited country, while the alternative eastern approach from Cortez in Colorado is partly unpaved, but still usually fine for all vehicles. The visitor center is situated at the main ruins - the Square Tower Unit
; the other locations are close by along rougher roads, and are visited even less often.
Hovenweep - full description