Traveling through the south eastern corner of Utah we decide to spend a few days at Hovenweep National Monument, located north east of Aneth and Montezuma Creek. It has come up a few times before to visit this monument but since it is out of the way of everywhere and anything we never got to go here, until now, and little did we know what we missed out on.
Hovenweep National Monument Campground is a first come, first served camground and has 31 sites available with a few sites accomodating RV’s up to 36 ft. One site is wheelchair accessible but not designed for tent camping. Sites have parking, tent pads, fire ring and covered picnic tables. Flush toilets, trash and recycle bins at campground main area. Water is available at 5 gal. limit at the visitor center. Camping rates seasonal high $15, low season $10. Senior 50% off. Stay is limited to 7 days.
The Square Tower Trail begins at the visitors center and is a two mile long trail leading you into the canyon and along several ancestral Puebloan sites, but one can also opt for shorter trails taking only parts of the trail. The shortest trail is mostly paved and easy accessible from the visitor center.
Since we had no time constraint we decided to take the two mile trail at an easy pace and take lots of photos.The trail leading in to and out of the Square Tower Trail canyon requires you to navigate over large steps and a few boulders, but is not strenuous by any means. There is also a cut off trail going through the campground to the 7 mile (12km) round trip over a primitive trail to Holly Ruins, a more strenuous hike leading through Keely Canyon where you traverse twice through a slot canyon of about 18 inches wide, about which we will blog soon.
But for now let these images below of Hovenweep speak for itself;