The pueblos of Hovenweep are actually scattered over an area extending for several miles. On our trip, Donna and I only visited the greatest concentration of buildings located near the visitor center. There is a short, well maintained trail there that loops around the canyon where the structures are located. To complete the loop, you must actually cross the canyon, which is about 80 feet deep at the point where the trail traverses it.
|Hovenweep National Monument Visitor Center|
|Looking up the canyon|
|Twin Towers, which once housed 16 rooms.|
|Round Tower, located near the canyon floor|
|Tower Point, located at point between two canyon arms, thereby providing a commanding view of the community. The building was probably used for storage.|
|This view up the southern arm of the canyon shows Hovenweep House, Square Tower (down in canyon), and Hovenweep Castle on ridge.|
|Eroded Boulder House is one of the most interesting structures in the canyon. It appears to be a boulder hollowed out, then with rocks supporting the overhang.|
This is a remarkable archaeological site. It is located 45 miles from Cortez on paved county roads through productive farmland. On our way there, we took the northern route via US 491. On the return trip, we followed McElmo Creek through a canyon of rich farmlands growing various crops, including grapes.