Hovenweep tower

Anthropology, archaeology, geology, mineralogy… choose your -ology, and it’s represented here in the Southwest.

As scenic as Hovenweep National Monument‘s natural sights are, it’s the human landscape that beckoned to me. The structures dotted around Little Ruin Canyon boast some of the finest construction of their time period (1200-1300 AD), which is why they’re still standing and in such good shape.

On a chilly fall morning, we walked the trail from the Visitor Center and marveled at precariously-perched, gravity-defying structures like Boulder House.