Grand Circle Western Parks Tour / Oct-Nov 2016 travel blog









Hovenweep National Monument is a very small park of pre-Columbian Indian ruins. It is located in a very remote area, but we were told it has some of the largest and most impressive Pueblo ruins. The Four Corners Monument is about 40 miles south of Cortez, CO, and out in the middle of nowhere. From there we drove another 60 miles northwest through wilderness and Indian land. We weren't sure what we were going to find, and we feared that our route would turn to gravel road. One pleasant surprise was that the roads were paved all the way to the entrance to the park. And of course being part of the federal NPS, the park roads were paved. Imagine our surprise and smiling faces to find a nice NPS visitors center at the end of our trip!

Also, this is a brief return to the state of Utah for us!

There are three large groups of ruins in the park, and one of them is adjacent to the visitors center, giving us an interesting 1.5 mile hike in a circle around the "Square Tower Group" of ruins. There are two other sets of ruins, view-able by hiking 4 or 6 miles round-trip, which we elected to skip.

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