Hovenweep National Monument

Location: near Aneth, Utah
Date: April 12, 2011

Hovenweep Castle

Hovenweep National Monument is a small park encompassing several small sets of ruins in southeast Utah and southwest Colorado.  The park was inhabited by the Anasazi from about 8,000 BC and then by Pueblo people until about AD 1300 before the site was abandoned because a prolonged drought eliminated the only source of water.

Square Tower Group

There is a visitor center at the Square Tower Group where ruins sit atop the edges of Little Ruin Canyon.  A short loop trail goes around the ruins and then descends and ascends the canyon.  Some of the ruins here sit in precarious places, including one structure that is on a large irregular boulder at the bottom of the cliff.

Square Tower Group

A large area in southwest Colorado around Hovenweep is made up of the BLM's Canyon of the Ancients National Monument where there are many similar ruins while Mesa Verde National Park is not far to the east.

Twin Towers

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