Hovenweep is a small monument located on the Utah/Colorado state line west of Cortez, CO. These ruins are located on open sagebrush country in contrast to the cliff dwellers who’s ruins are well documented at Mesa Verde N.P. only about 50 miles away, but built at a different time. Our main visit was to the Square Tower complex which is a series of building located around a small canyon. There are about ten different structures along the 1.5 mile loop of the rim. The buildings date back about 800 years.
I took a couple of hours to walk and photograph along the trail. The ruins are fascinating and provided many photographic opportunities. As in all of this country in August, it was quite hot. A large hat, sunscreen, and water were required gear. I drank all the electrolyte drink I had with me and enjoyed a cool draft of cold water from the water fountain at the Visitor Center when I returned.
|TWIN TOWERS, BOULDER HOUSE, RIM ROCK HOUSE|
|SQUARE TOWER & HOVENWEEP HOUSE|
|HOVENWEEP CASTLE UP CLOSE|
|HOVENWEEP CASTLE FROM AFAR|
|HOVENWEEP CASTLE AND RUBBLE|
|TOWER POINT 2|
|SQUARE TOWER W/LICHEN|
|CAJON RUINS 1|
|CAJON RUINS 2|
|CAJON CLOSE UP|