|Hovenweep House & Hovenweep Castle in Hovenweep National Monument.|
The name Hovenweep comes from the Ute word for, "deserted valley". It was found in 1854 by Mormon missionaries, became a National Monument in 1923 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Most of the structures still standing here were built between 1230 and 1275 AD by the Ancient Pueblo People (Did I mention how much Suwei and I love saying "Pueblo People?") By 1350 AD, however, the valley was pretty much deserted. It seems the lack of water forced folks to move to greener pastures further south. Unfortunately it was the lack of time and the desire to get a bit further west that day that forced us to desert the park.
Anyway, the two mile Little Ruin Canyon trail is well worth the wander. Don't forget to take the side trail out to Tower Point and Hovenweep Castle! I can't vouch for the rest of the park, but I'll go back to check it out when I get a chance.
Here is a link to the Little Ruin Canyon Trail Guide: http://www.nps.gov/hove/planyourvisit/upload/LittleRuinCanyonTrailGuide.pdf
|Unit Type House & Tower Point|
|Tower Point From Rim Rock House|
|The Twin Towers|
Check out the earlier posts from this trip:
Fall Road Trip 2011 - California to Colorado
Fall Road Trip 2011 - Part II - Misc. Colorado Including Grand Mesa
Fall Road Trip 2011 - Part III - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Telluride & The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
And here is the link to our slideshow. There are 12 photos in this one:
|Fall Road Trip 2011 - Hovenweep National Monument|