(nr Montezuma Creek UT)
Hovenweep National Monument was way out into the desert and featured preserved native pueblo ruins atop Cajón Mesa. Most structures were built along the rim of the canyon, and a few in the gorge.
I hiked the rim trail that goes around the gorge passing several stone structures. Most were in decay, but the careful stone masonry was impressive. The trail went down into the gorge, and then up the other side.
Archeologists believe it was once a thriving farming and trade community. Eventually, due to drought or depleted resources, they migrated into New Mexico and Arizona. The Visitor Center had a nice film about the area.
Plans had been to boondock at a BLM site afterward at the edge of Canyon of the Ancients. But, it turned out to not be suitable. So, I ended up going all the way into Cortez CO. There, I restocked the pantry, got gas, and caught up on the internet.
Camp: Overnight at Walmart
Scene: Desert, mesas, gorge, ruins
Very nice. Looks like the weather was beautiful, too. Thanks for posting.
Yes. The weather was nice for a change. Appreciate the comment.
That “boulder house” is fascinating. How did they ever get it carved out like that? Surely that couldn’t be natural? Great pictures.
Really don’t know. It is in the gorge and inaccessible, so couldn’t get a close look.
Nice trip and great pictures. I am adding this as a side trip to my Bucket List when visiting that area. Thanks for sharing and the info on camping close by.
Thanks. There is more to see than what I ventured. And, there is a campground in the park. But, I prefer boondocking.
When I’m looking at the southwestern parks I always add Hovenweep to the list, although it doesn’t get the publicity that the others do. I think I’d like it very much, from looking at your photos.
The Rim Trail hike is pretty easy and takes you past most of the ruins. A couple of miles away, there are more ruins. And, more still at the adjacent Canyon of the Ancients.