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Hovenweep National Monument
East of Blanding, Utah

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Stronghold House at Hovenweep

Stronghold House at Hovenweep

Stronghold House, with Twin Towers across the canyon

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Unit Type House at Hovenweep

Unit Type House at Hovenweep

Unit Type House, with Rim Rock House and Twin Towers across the canyon

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Slickrock at the top of Little Ruin Canyon

Slickrock at the top of Little Ruin Canyon

Slickrock at the top of Little Ruin Canyon, site of the Square Tower Group of ruins

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Tower Point at Hovenweep

Tower Point at Hovenweep

A round tower stands at the Tower Point on the tip of the promontory between the two branches of Little Ruins Canyon. Storage rooms were built in cliff alcoves below, and other ruins can be seen along the canyon rims.

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Tower Point at Hovenweep's Little Ruin Canyon

Tower Point at Hovenweep's Little Ruin Canyon

Tower Point, between the two branches of Little Ruin Canyon

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Hovenweep Castle in the afternoon

Hovenweep Castle in the afternoon

The Hovenweep Castle ruin consists of two D-shaped buildings with thick walls. Analysis of a roof beam indicates a date of 1277 AD. There is a reliable spring in the canyon just below, probably the reason the pueblos were built here.

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Hovenweep House and Hovenweep Castle

Hovenweep House and Hovenweep Castle

A rounded end of Hovenweep House nearby, and the large structure known as Hovenweep Castle across the canyon. The top of Square Tower House can just be seen below the clifftops

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Square Tower House at Hovenweep

Square Tower House at Hovenweep

Square Tower House below the canyon rim, flanked by Hovenweep House (left) and Hovenweep Castle (right)

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Rim Rock House at Hovenweep

Rim Rock House at Hovenweep

Twin Towers (to the right) and Rim Rock House (to the left)

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Twin Towers Ruin at Hovenweep

Twin Towers Ruin at Hovenweep

Twin Towers ruin consists of one horseshoe-shaped and one oval building perched on the rim of the canyon. The masonry is beautifully crafted with alternating thick and thin courses of native stone blocks, and some of the original wooden lintels survive.

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 8, 2014
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Above Square Tower at Hovenweep

Above Square Tower at Hovenweep

Three ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) structures are seen here at the head of Little Ruins canyon. Hovenweep Castle is on the left, Square Tower below, and Hovenweep House opposite. The inhabitants of these villages farmed on the flat mesa surface and utilized springs in the alcoves below the rim.

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Hovenweep Castle in the morning

Hovenweep Castle in the morning

In June of 2014, I photographed Little Ruins Canyon at Hovenweep twice, once in the dramatic light of late afternoon, then again in mid-morning. This is Hovenweep Castle

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Hovenweep Castle, Square Tower, and Hovenweep House

Hovenweep Castle, Square Tower, and Hovenweep House

Hovenweep Castle, Square Tower, and Hovenweep House at the head of Little Ruins Canyon

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Ravens at Hovenweep Castle

Ravens at Hovenweep Castle

Hovenweep Castle is the name given to the largest structure on the rim of Little Ruins Canyon. It was neither defensive nor a castle, just a multi-family dwelling. The ravens watched me carefully as I moved around taking photog raphs

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Unit Type House at Hovenweep

Unit Type House at Hovenweep

The Unit Type House at Hovenweep, with Twin Towers and Rim Rock House on the opposite side of the canyon

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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