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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Alysia spots a petroglyph panel.
Deer, bison and hunters. This looks like a Ute panel.
Cattle and deer?
I’m not sure why there is a large square here.
View of the canyon and my truck.
Ruins along the cliff face.
Alysia moves on to check out some ruins.
Probably a granary.
Spiral and feet.
Anthropomorth with trapezoidal body. He looks Fremont.
Mr. Lizard trying to sun himself on a cloudy day.
He has a nice green and gold shine to him.
We find a Collared Lizard at one site.
Seems to be in his mating colors.
He is very patient with us.
Nice view of his colors.
Another shot of the Collared lizard. He seemed curious about us.
Alysia taking photos of him.
Three Kiva Pueblo
One of the rooms around the edge of the pueblo.
Alysia on the kiva. (Looks a little stormy behind her.)
Action shot of her going in the kiva.
Alysia on the kiva ladder.
In the kiva. You can see the hearth in the midde and the vent behind in the wall.
Alysia next to the bench.
Vent and hearth. That linear rock is the remains of the deflector for the vent. We didn’t see the sipapu, but it is here.
More ruined remains of rooms along the side of the kiva.
Alysia on the kiva.
Some of the rooms would have been for living while other for storage.
It started to rain pretty hard so we didn’t get a chance to check out some of the other ruins.
A shot of some of the ruins in the rain. We had to leave.