Hovenweep National Monument - Square Tower

At the head of Little Ruin Canyon in Hovenweep National Monument, Square Tower and other nearby structures make up the Square Tower group and mark where Ancestral Puebloans once lived. Square Tower itself is three stories tall, and this group contains the most structures of the sites at Hovenweep, with as many as 500 people living in this area. Go to Photo Collection

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Description This photo from 1910 shows the slope below Square Tower. The slope is mostly sagebrush; their small sizes and exposed stems indicated heavy grazing. This area was occupied by sheep until 1946.
Date 1910
Photographer Colter
Photo Source NPS - MEVE

Description Sagebrush dominates the slope below Square Tower, with invasive cheatgrass interspersed between the shrubs on the left side of the scene. Juniper is visible behind the tower, and ephedra, pale wolfberry, currant, and fragrant sumac occupy sheltered nooks around large boulders.
Date 2013-08-21
Photographer Lemke, W.
Photo Source USGS

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