Utah Adventure Pt 7 – Hovenweep

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20160511_193358Camped in Comb Wash in the midst of a small but old cottonwood stand, with glowing red rock walls. The morning sun lit up the whole area and sent my camera into color overload.

Enjoyed my breakfast of coffee and oatmeal and packed up camp to head out to the Four Corners region to visit Hovenweep. A long drive over soft dirt and hardball roads were endured on the way to Hovenweep National Monument.

On the road to Hovenweep I saw quite a few cattle on the open range as well as horses and a couple wild mustangs which also roam the area. Another landmark I was able to see was Hatch Trading Post. Pulling in to the parking lot at Hovenweep, I noticed that this place was surprisingly busy for a weekday. There were two different school groups being led on a tour.

The following quote speaks to the depth and spirit of this sacred place.

20160512_102544“I think that Hovenweep is the most symbolic of places in the Southwest… Hovenweep gives 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 the bear, of the 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
Sana Clara

20160512_101634Truly an interesting place, where there was definitely something about this place that makes it special. Several buildings were designed around astrological alignments, and even the D-shaped building is truly unique.

The visitor Center at Hovenweep has lots of information to learn more about these people who once called this area home.

Again, I find myself questioning the motivations of these ancient people in selecting this place. One trend I’m starting to recognize is there seems to be more than just local resources for these site selections. They almost always touch the spirit in a way that I can’t really understand, and the location selections would not surprise me if it were part of something bigger, such as planetary alignments.

20160512_100443Time to back-track and head over to the south end of Butler Wash to check out some petroglyphs, stay with me as my trip is 3 days in.

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah 84534, USA

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