We decided to go on a road trip and headed for Hovenweep National Monument, located about an hour east of here on the border of Utah and Colorado.
Hovenweep is comprised of 5 different sections that contain towers grouped at canyon heads that were built by the Anasazi in the mid 1100 – 1250 AD. The earliest towers were round or square buildings, but as time went on they became more elaborate – multi-storied, oval, rectangular or D-shaped. Many theories have been offered to explain the existence of the towers including – Observation; Signaling Stations; Living or Work Rooms; Ceremonial Chambers; Storage or Defense.
We hiked a two-mile trail around the main set of towers, the Square Tower Unit, dodging rain drops and then drove on a
rough, dirt road to the Holly Unit. The views were amazing and made even more so by the storm clouds that were surrounding us.
The skies had been blue when we left the campground but darkened the closer we got to Hovenweep. We were lucky enough to only get a few sprinkles, never the deluge which threatened, but it was extremely windy and cool.
When we returned to the campground we heard that the same storm system was responsible for all the tornadoes and deaths in Oklahoma. We’ve been unbelievably lucky with the weather on this trip, seeming to skirt all the big issues.