Hand Painted Pueblo, Hovenweep National Monument

The Hand Painted Pueblo.

These are the remains of a small pueblo village site inside Hovenweep National Monument and surrounded by the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

The pueblo was probably built in the 1200s by Ancestral Puebloans (Anazasi).  This tower is along the side of a canyon and completely below the rim.  We couldn’t see it until we were close.  It is an interesting and special place.
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Cutthroat Castle, Hovenweep National Monument

Coming thunderstorms over the pueblo.

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″

What's that over there!

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

Some orange mixed in with the red.

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

Ruins at the overlook.

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

Action shot of her going in the kiva.

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

Hovenweep Castle is only a small portion is left from its former size.

One of my favorite little national parks is Hovenweep National Monument. It is a quiet little area in the Four Corners part of Utah. It is one of the few campgrounds I actually enjoy visiting.
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