We loved Hovenweep National Monument for its isolation and complete lack of crowds. We hiked the 2 mile Little Ruin Canyon loop which took us through some amazing dwellings that were different than Cave dwellings; these were Stone laid buildings shaped in squares, circles, and even “D shaped” units which were entered from the top by ladder. The trail originates from the Visitor center and is easy, but it’s at a 6000’ elevation so you might need to take your time here. We also visited the Cut Throat Group which was accessible via a dirt road off of HWY 10 and was easy to drive with a high clearance vehicle. This group of dwellings was very intriguing and we had the whole place to ourselves! Hovenweep is in both Utah and Colorado and there are many other canyons filled with undiscovered relics and ruins all around this area. I highly recommend spending time here if you like the thrill of discovery; you can hike these canyons for days and find places nobody has been in hundreds, maybe thousands of years.
From the Cut Throat group in Hovenweep, it was an easy drive to Lowry Pueblo in Colorado and again, we had the entire place to ourselves. Lowry Pueblo is wonderful because they have dwellings you can enter and see what it was like to live in these homes. There is also a huge Kiva, a circular structure that served as a place of worship, a place of learning, and a place for socializing! Lowry Pueblo is very family friendly and completely a hands-on kind of place and we were glad we drove to it. Driving back to Bluff, I noticed many canyons in the seemingly flat land because I had learned that this deceptively flat looking land is actually filled with huge canyons everywhere. Now I started noticing things I had never noticed before.
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