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Nov 10, 2016 - Hovenweep National Monument

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...

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Jun 6, 2016 - Hovenweep

Monday, 6/6. Hate to leave our campground. Met several nice neighbors, Priscilla & her dog, Ohno, and Rich, a professional web designer & photographer. He lives & travels full time in an Airstream with solar panels so he can go “rough” camping. We were late getting started as he was giving us tips for places to visit – he can sure talk, but was such an interesting person. That’s one of our favorite parts of our adventure, meeting and talking with people. We always ask for hints & their favorite places to visit. We are off to Hovenweep,...

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May 20, 2015 - Hovenweep Nat'l Park

Hovenweep Oh Guys, what a fun and interesting last couple of days. Mike has now officially lost his cell phone and has one on order. We will get it in about a week. Ron and Anne Knopf met us in Hovenweep, which is now one of our top 3 favorite campsites. Lots of hiking and ruins. Vic R., England is not the only country that has houses that are 800 years old, we just don’t live in them here because they only have portions of them standing. I never knew the US had so many ruins and they are fabulous. We have had some stormy weather but it is...

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Takin the Slow Road

Jun 17, 2014 - Natural Bridges N.M. to Hovenweep N.M.

Tuesday, 17-June – Natural Bridges → Hovenweep National Monument Trip miles: 76 miles Route taken: UT-275 E → UT-95 S → US 191 S → UT-262 E -> Hovenweep Rd The last 15 miles of road are rough and uneven, there is good signage for the National Park. Speeds ranged from 65mph to 35 mph through populated areas. Average Gas mileage: 27.9mpg Weather: warm (68F) in the morning, hot (92F) with strong gusts (+30mph) and breezes in the afternoon Elevation: 6500ft -> 5200ft via a 7110ft mesa Highlights: - using our phone's compass again to pick a...

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Sep 28, 2013 - The Archeology Adventure

Saturday, September 28, 2013 Well, our archeology adventure is completed. We were disappointed. It wasn’t well planned and we didn’t really experience what we expected to experience. The sleeping in the tent part was about what we had expected. It worked out fine except that everything hurt most of the time! Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night is a pain, but at least you can see the stars. They do have flush toilets and COLD running water. No showers, though. There was a huge rainstorm on Sunday and it had rained on...

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May 12, 2009 - Hovenweep and Canyon of the Ancients

When we left the RV Park this morning, it was cool, as most of our mornings have been. By the time we’d hiked about a total of three hours though, it was quite hot, and I wished I’d packed shorts or my zip off hiking pants before leaving today. Our first stop of the day was at the Sand Canyon Trail in Canyon of the Ancients. The rail begins at Castle rock, and the entire trail is about a 12 mile round trip, so we didn’t try to do it all; we did enjoy the hour hike we did choose to complete. The pathway was almost entirely sandstone rocks,...

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Sep 2, 2007 - Visit to Hovenweep National Monument on the Utah-Colorado border

Hovenweep National Monument protects six prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages spread over a twenty-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border. Multi-storied towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders lead one to marvel at the skill and motivation of their builders. Hovenweep is noted for its solitude and undeveloped, natural character. We headed off this morning for the 35 mile journey to the Towers of Hovenweep. We love Hovenweep - perhaps because it is so far out and peaceful, or because of the ruins...

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Putters Travels 2007

Jul 26, 2006 - Hovenweep National Monument

Wednesday Afternoon, July 26 Leaving Four Corners, I nipped a little corner off Colorado and then passed into Utah. The big item on today's list was a visit to Hovenweep National Monument, which is out in the middle of nowhere, but well worth the effort. I hiked a portion of the trail along the rim of Little Ruin Canyon. The trail is rough but not difficult. Most of the buildings still standing were constructed from 1230 to 1275, making it about the same age as Mesa Verde in Colorado. The "centerpiece" of these ruins is the Hovenweep...

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