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Corral and cattle chute near Cuthroat Castle ruin

Corral and cattle chute near Cuthroat Castle ruin

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is administered by the BLM and grazing is allowed everywhere.

east of Hovenweep, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Vicinity of Painted Hand Pueblo

Vicinity of Painted Hand Pueblo

It takes a sharp eye to spot the small round tower and other ruins that constitute Painted Hand Pueblo

Painted Hand Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Painted Hand Pueblo ruin in Hovenweep Canyon

Painted Hand Pueblo ruin in Hovenweep Canyon

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument protects some 3000 known archeological sites. This round tower and a few low walls are found in the upper part of Hovenweep Canyon.

Painted Hand Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Round Tower at Painted Hand Pueblo

Round Tower at Painted Hand Pueblo

Painted Hand Ruin, in the upper part of Hovenweep Canyon, features this round tower perched on a rock outcrop, a few small rooms under the outcrop, and miscellaneous walls along the escarpment.

Painted Hand Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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The painted hand pictographs are under this boulder

The painted hand pictographs are under this boulder

Hand outlines are common artifacts left by many southwest cultures

Painted Hand Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Scattered remnants of stone buildings at Painted Hand Pueblo

Scattered remnants of stone buildings at Painted Hand Pueblo

Painted Hand Ruin is not spectacular, but it is easy to pictures a few families living in stone houses here at the head of the canyon with their fields below

Painted Hand Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Remnants of ancient buildings among the rocks at Painted Hand

Remnants of ancient buildings among the rocks at Painted Hand

At least 3000 prehistoric sites are scattered through Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. They are not shown on maps and information about them is hard to find. Many small remnants, such as this wall at Painted Hand, can be discovered by sharp-eyed hikers.

Painted Hand Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Irrigated agriculture on the Great Sage Plain

Irrigated agriculture on the Great Sage Plain

Development of irrigated agriculture and natural gas wells threatened the numerous prehistoric habitation sites until creation of Canyons of rhe Ancients National Monument

southwest of Pleasant View, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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