(nr Pleasant View CO)
Lowry Pueblo National Historic Landmark ruins are in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. The monument covers 176,056 acres in southwestern Colorado; including most of Hovenweep. It preserves the largest concentration of archeological sites in the USA.
This Ancestral Puebloan village contained 40 rooms as high as 3 stories, 8 small kivas, and a Great Kiva. It was constructed over older pit houses, so the site was inhabited before 1090 AD when the stone structure was believed to have been built.
These natives were hunters and farmers that grew beans, corn, and squash, raised turkeys, and made pottery. This pueblo was probably a community center for surrounding settlements who gathered there for celebrations, trade, and religious ceremonies.
It was an interesting place, and worthy of a visit if you’re traveling in the area. There were picnic tables and pit toilets so you could linger. I chose to move on to a boondocking camp in the mountains.
Camp: San Juan NF-Madden Peak boondock
Scene: Ruins, history
Also see: Hovenweep