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Entry sign at the Visitor Center.
Hovenweep is an extensive set of ancient ruins spread over 5 scattered areas across two states. We visited all sites except Cutthroat Castle. .
Encountered while walking out to visit the first site, Square Tower.
To the east of Hovenweep lies Piute Mountain in Colorado. I always thought it looked like a sleeping Indian!
Square Tower is the site next to the Visitor Center. We walked around the whole loop to visit each individual ruin.
Stronghold House. All of Hovenweep is ruins from the Ancestral Puebloans who occupied this area starting around 1300 years ago.
Stronghold House in the foreground, with Twin Towers and Rimrock House on the other side of the canyon.
Twin Towers. The Ancestral Puebloans abandoned all these ruins about 700 years ago, probably due to extended drought in the area.
A wider view of the Square Tower canyon site.
Eroded Boulder House, down in the canyon.
Unit Type House, with Twin Towers and Ridgerock House on the far side.
Tower Point Ruin. Piute Mountain on the horizon.
Navigating the far side of the loop.
L-R : Hovenweep House, Square Tower Ruin, and Hovenweep Castle.
A variety of lichen on Hovenweep rocks.
The remains of a granary on the Square Tower site.