Picture a Day #285 – A Hike in Hovenweep

Yesterday we visited Hovenweep National Monument, a group of ancient dwellings that is far off the beaten path. It is a small area near the four corners of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.

We visited one of the outliers, Cutthroat Castle, which is in Colorado, and the main site, which includes a campground and visitor center, in Utah.

Cutthroat Castle

The road to Cutthroat Castle is rough, and it is recommended that you enter the area in a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance. It is an easy hike to the ruin, but because of the isolated location and unpaved road, it is a completely different experience than the main area of ruins.

Cutthroat Castle detail

Both are beautiful and fascinating to investigate. Cutthroat Castle is also quiet, with views of the surrounding landscape. It is well worth the 45 minute drive from Cortez, Colorado to the outlier, and another 30 minutes to the visitor center, where you can hike the trail that loops through a canyon.

Hovenweep ruin

Although these dwellings are no longer inhabited by the ancient ones, there is still life here.

Lizard

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About J M Naszady

I am an observer of the world around me, a student of nature with the eyes of an artist, and a teacher. My interests have taken me into the water, across the meadow, through the forest, along the cliffs, and up the mountain. My latest journey has plunged me into the virtual world of words and images.
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