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Blanding in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hovenweep National Monument

 
 
Hovenweep National Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
1. Hovenweep National Monument Marker
Inscription.  Welcome to “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 these solitary canyons once echoed with the cries and laughter of hundreds of men, women and children.

Established as a National Monument in 1923, Hovenweep preserves what archeologists consider to be 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.

I think that Hovenweep is the most symbolic of places in the Southwest…Hovenweep give me a feeling similar to what I feel when I’m participating in ceremonies which require a tacit recognition of realities other than the blatantly visual. During those times I know the nature and energy of
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the bear, of rock, of the clouds, of the water. I become aware of energies outside myself, outside the human context. At Hovenweep, I slide into a place and begin to know the flowing, warm sandstone under my feet, the cool preciousness of the water, the void of the canyon, and the all covering sky. I want to be a part of the place.

Rina Swentzell, Pueblo Indian scholar, Santa Clara.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansNotable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
 
Location. 37° 23.022′ N, 109° 4.326′ W. Marker is in Blanding, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is on Hovenweep Campground Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blanding UT 84511, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Square Tower Group (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument (approx. ¼ mile away).
 
Hovenweep National Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
2. Hovenweep National Monument Marker
The marker is located in front of the Hovenweep Visitor Center.
Square Tower Community Ruin image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
3. Square Tower Community Ruin
Square Tower Community Ruin image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
4. Square Tower Community Ruin
Entrance to the Hovenweep National Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
5. Entrance to the Hovenweep National Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 24, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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