Hovenweep National Monument is far from everything--and that is one of the great beauties of the Four Corners area. The perfectly constructed towers dotting the little canyon draw you into the mysteries of this remote corner of the world. Like Mesa Verde, you can't help but wonder why the ancient Pueboans built here. The multi-story construction is unusual--were they fortresses, storage areas, homes, all of the above? For a two hour stay, you will find much to interest you from the Pueblo III era (1200s), same period as Mesa Verde. The first part of the walkway to the canyon edge (80 feet deep) is accessible to people with mobility issues. After that, the 1.5 mile rim walk down into the canyone and around the top was moderate, not strenous, exercise for our (fairly fit) family after the drive from Cortez and before heading up to Moab. On the walk you get very close to the towers, and can see interesting wildlife like the collared lizard (a big turquoise blue with a yellow head!). The park is pretty rustic (which we like), and the little canyon is a gem. We'll camp here next time we're in the area.
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