Hovenweep National Monument – July 15, 2016


We enjoyed the trail at Hovenweep. We did the entire trail, which I think was 2.5 miles with the extra loop. You can do a shorter version of the trail and see most all the ruins just as well, but we wanted to climb down into the canyon. For the entire trail, you go down into the canyon and back out on the other side. It’s a beautiful hike, but there is quite a bit of climbing.

The ruins here were neat, but I think I enjoyed the wildlife on this trail most. We saw a long-nosed spotted leopard lizard, a collared lizard, several birds and a rabbit. It is a nice wildlife walk.

For anyone reading this who might be trying to decide where to visit, I will add that the road leading to Hovenweep isn’t the best. It is paved, but it’s old paving and it has a lot of potholes. With that said, you can always go around the holes or even drive in the middle of the road (which I did and the car behind me followed) because there is barely anyone out there. I think it’s around 24 miles from the turnoff to the monument, but that 24 miles took us about an hour. It seems to go on just forever. We cranked up the music and just enjoyed the drive. It’s pretty; it’s just long.

The rangers at the museum were very nice and there is a great short film to watch about the area. We always watch the films when they’re available. It gives you a much better perspective on the history of the monument or park.

 

I believe this is a long-nosed leopard lizard. I've never seen one. It was beautiful!

I believe this is a long-nosed leopard lizard. I’ve never seen one. It was beautiful!

This is a nice shot of the little long-nosed spotted leopard lizard. He (or she) was so cute!

This is a nice shot of the little long-nosed spotted leopard lizard. He (or she) was so cute!

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This is the other side of the canyon. If you do the whole trail, you have to hike down and then back up, then around. It's a nice hike with some fun climbing. Definitely strenuous.

This is the other side of the canyon. If you do the whole trail, you have to hike down and then back up, then around. It’s a nice hike with some fun climbing. Definitely strenuous.

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Beginning of the Hovenweep Trail.

Beginning of the Hovenweep Trail.

Reading about Castle House at Hovenweep.

Reading about Castle House at Hovenweep.

Boulder House. You almost have to look twice to realize there was actually a house inside this giant boulder.

Boulder House. You almost have to look twice to realize there was actually a house inside this giant boulder.

One of the ruins.

One of the ruins.

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