Cutthroat Castle, Hovenweep National Monument

The Cutthroat Castle pueblo was built around the same time as the other Hovenweep puebloan ruins.  Although the pueblo itself looks small, there would have been many people living around it in the area.  The site is along a canyon and is unusual in that it had a kiva built on top of a boulder and not underground.  Perhaps the terrain of the site simply wouldn’t have allowed it. The site is way out in the middle of nowhere but worth the journey.
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“White Mountains Wickiup #1″

I had heard about a wickiup, high in the White Mountains, a while back and thought it would be an interesting find. The information I had didn’t give me the exact location and I really didn’t know if I would be even close (which is the case more often than not). But still thought I might have enough clues to track it down. This was not an area I had been to before, so after studying topo maps for a while I took a guess where it might be and planned my trip. If nothing else, it would be a nice hike in the pinyon pine forest.
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Angel Canyon Ruin

A couple of months ago, we took a quick trip to Utah. One of the places we visited was a small set of Anasazi ruins in two alcoves near Angel Canyon. It was an interesting hike to get out there. Some bushwhacking was involved.

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Butler Wash Ruins

Butler Wash is a long creek with Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) ruins scattered all along it. The BLM has created an overlook at one of the ruins in a side canyon of the wash. There is a nice natural bridge (arch) nearby and I got some good shots of recent rainwater going towards it.
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Montezuma Creek and the Three Kiva Pueblo

There are many small Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) ruins and Ute and Anasazi petroglyph sites scattered along Montezuma creek. Some are hard to spot, so you have to keep an eye out for them. Near the middle of the canyon is Three Kiva Pueblo where the BLM has restored one of the kivas for people to check out. The pueblo was probably used until around 1300. It was very interesting and quite a special place.
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Hovenweep – Square Tower Group

One of my favorite little national parks is Hovenweep National Monument. It is a quiet little site in the Four Corners area of Utah. It is one of the few campgrounds I enjoy visiting. It usually isn’t crowded.
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“Panamint Wickiup #2”, Death Valley National Park

This site had been in the back of my mind for years and years but it wasn’t until recently we finally decided to track it down. What a quiet and neat place. It took a couple of trips and a few hours of hiking, but we finally found it. I’m sure there is more out around this spot, hiding in the pinyon pine, and awaiting rediscovery. If you happen across this site, please treat it with great care and respect. Leave everything as you find it.

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