Hovenweep, which is Paiute for ‘deserted valley’ straddles the Colorado/Utah border and is close to Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The once thriving communities have been deserted for over 700 years
We followed the trail from the visitor centre along the edge of Little Ruin Canyon
Square Tower House was built on a sandstone boulder in the canyon, close to a permanent water source.
The trail dips down a very steep 80ft across a weathered coal deposit then crosses the canyon floor before winding its way up the opposite side.