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Near Montezuma Creek in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument

 
 
Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe
1. Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument
Inscription.  Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument

“Hovenweep,” it is a Paiute and Ute word meaning “deserted valley.” It was the name given this extraordinary place by pioneer photographer William H. Jackson, who visited here in 1874. It’s an apt description. As you scan the vast and lonely expanse surrounding you, it’s hard to imagine that these solitary canyons once echoed with the cries of laughter an hundreds of men, woman and children.

Established as a National Monument in 1923, Hovenweep preserves what archeologists consider to the finest examples of ancestral Puebloan masonry found anywhere. Whether multi-story towers standing alone along canyon rims, or ingeniously engineered structures perched on massive boulders and ledges within the canyons, these ruins evoke feelings of wonder at the motivations and resourcefulness of their builders.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
 
Location. 37° 23.154′ N, 109° 4.512′ 
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W. Marker is near Montezuma Creek, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is on County Highway 268A south of Hovenweep Road, on the right when traveling south. The marker is in front of the Visitor Center at Hovenweep National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montezuma Creek UT 84534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hovenweep National Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); The Square Tower Group (approx. ¼ mile away).
 
Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe
2. Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument
Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe
3. Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument National Park Service Passport Stamp image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe
4. Hovenweep National Monument National Park Service Passport Stamp
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2022, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on September 1, 2022, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 14, 2022, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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