Once at the Visitor Center you have 2 choices to view the ruins. Take the trail to the right and walk 1/2 a mile along the canyon rim and then turn back around or continue on the trail to the other side of the canyon to get a different view of more ruins and complete a 2 mile round trip.
Most of these buildings in the Little Ruin Canyon, were built between 1230 AD and 1275 AD, about the same time as the Mesa Verde buildings. A lot of work for only 45 years of use. There is evidence of them farming corn, beans, squash and a grain called amaranth as well as cotton.
After walking down from the Visitor's Centre the first ruin is Stronghold House and Tower.
Next it was to Tower Point. Walking down this nice path ......
|Baby Rattler about 1 foot long!|
|View of Stronghold House from Tower Point|
Next is the most photographed picture of Hovenweep, Hovenweep Castle.
Decision time .... Ray how's your back doing, carry on or go back? The trail is easy so let's go. Also a lot of the better pictures were taken from the far side of the canyon.
|Square Tower with Hovenweep House on the cliff.|
|There were remnants of another house in the alcove behind the tower and a small dyke on the top of the ledge where the trail goes by.|
Eroded Boulder House
Last but not least was the Twin Towers.
|Twin Towers with Eroded Boulder House|
We started out thinking we would only do the 1 mile but the ruins were so interesting and the trail pretty easy to navigate that we decided to continue on. The only downside was at the end of it you drop down into the canyon, walk through the wash and climb up the other side. Fortunately they had good stairs interspersed with sitting areas so we took it slow and steady. Well worth the workout. Ray's back was a little sore from the walk ... I was the one winded.
A little longer than Ray should have gone but this is a once in a lifetime place to see so we pushed through. Once back home he stayed reclined for the rest of the afternoon and evening working on his pictures. I walked the dog as well so he could rest. Another glorious adventure.