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Hovenweep is a Ute Word which means "Deserted Valley." Hovenweep is located in Southeastern Utah and Southwestern Colorado. The units are spread out in 2 States. The National Monument is actually comprised of seven separate parcels. These groups are the Square Tower Unit, Holly, Hackberry, Horseshoe, Cajon, Cutthroat, and Goodman Point.

The sites were inhabited by the Anasazi in the 1000s to the 1200s. The people who lived here built stone towers and even small castle-like fortresses at the same time castle building was going on in Europe.

The majority of the ruins cling to Canyon rims on the edge of small canyons. Some of the structures are 2 or 3 stories tall. Many of the towers were built on sandstone boulders, or in Canyons near springs. Although most are square, there are some D-shaped ruins. Additionally, there are a number of remnants of kivas in the area.

In the 1920s, a small amount of excavation and restoration was done. The majority of the ruins, however, look as they did hundreds of years ago.

Some petroglyphs are located on the canyon walls beneath Hovenweep Castle.

Location: Southeastern Utah and Southwestern Colorado. Close to Utah 262. The Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado state line. Headquarters are located at the Square Tower Group, just inside the Utah border.


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