Utah

A trip to the Hovenweep National Monument

Remains of a fortified Indian city

Petr Liška
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A trip to the Hovenweep National Monument
Inserted: 08.04.2022
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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Most travelers who want to get to know the remains of Puebol buildings head to the famous Mesa Verde National Park. A lesser-known but still interesting locality is the Hovenweep National Monument, where a once fortified town stood above two shallow canyons.

Remains of the city above the canyon

Hovenweep is located at the southeastern end of Utah. In an inhospitable and arid landscape. The nearest larger city is Cortez (70km away) in Colorado. The place is so relatively remote, but you can still find a visitor center here. From the downtown area you can find Ruins Trail. The first is the view of the shallow canyon with several preserved buildings on its edge

Remains of the city above the canyon
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Twin Towers - Hovenweep

The first known building is the Twin Towers – which are two fortified houses on the rocks next to each other

Twin Towers - Hovenweep
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Arid landscape

Life must have been hard here, even though there may have been more water in ancient times. Now we see only one dead tree. The circuit itself is about 2.5 kilometers, so you can tour the entire site in an hour

Arid landscape
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Hovenweep castle

The largest local buildings are the ruins of the castle

Hovenweep castle
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Holly House Hovenweep
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Holly House Hovenweep

The tourist circuit basically bypasses the two small canyons and you will see all the remains of the local buildings. The tallest turret is called Holly House

The castle on the other side

Behind the castle, the circuit slowly turns back and we walk on the other side of the canyon.

The castle on the other side
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Stronghold house

The last significant object on the circuit is the so-called Stronghold house. If you like places where you will meet a minimum of tourists, Hovenweep is an ideal stop. But count on it being quite far from other attractions and you will have it here relatively quickly.

Stronghold house
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