UT, Canyonlands and Eastern Utah, GPS

Hovenweep – Square Tower Group

One of my favorite little national parks is Hovenweep National Monument. It is a quiet little area in the Four Corners part of Utah. It is one of the few campgrounds I actually enjoy visiting.

Most of the towers and buildings of Hovenweep Castle and the Square Tower Group were built by the Ancestral Puebloans (Anazasi) in the 1200s. Probably a few hundred people lived and farmed around this village site and this was but one of many pueblo villages in this region. The purpose of the towers though remains a mystery. Theories whether they were used for living, observation, signaling stations, ceremonies, storage or defense all abound. Perhaps they were used for a combination of these?

People lived in this area for perhaps thousands of years before building the towers, then by the end of the 13th century, the site was mysteriously abandoned.

Square Tower Group


  • Hovenweep Castle: 37.3859°, -109.0807°
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Guy has hiked the deserts and mountains of the southwestern U.S. for more than twenty-five years. In that time, he has found hidden and remote locations that don't see many visitors.
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