Hovenweep National Monument, a set of ancient villages within neighboring canyons. Then I went to Mesa Verde National Park, with some of the best preserved cliff dwellings. Then I visited, somewhat on the spur of the moment, the Chaco Culture National Historic Park, the cultural and spiritual center for Ancestral Puebloans. The first picture is of one of the villages built into the canyon rocks at Hovenweep.
Because Chaco Canyon was the cultural and spiritual center for the Ancestral Puebloans, great emphasis was placed on excellent craftsmanship. The stonework was exceptional.
For Hovenweep, I enjoyed imagining the villages in their prime ... "watching" villagers travel from place to place, climbing in and out of the canyons, grinding corn, and the ins and outs of daily life.
originally posted 5/21/10