Hovenweep National Monument - Hovenweep Castle

Hovenweep National Monument, established in 1923, is a treasure trove of archelogical discovery. Evidence of human presence begins with hunting and gathering over 10,000 years ago and continues to the six prehistoric stone villages constructed sometime between A.D. 1200-1300. Hovenweep Castle is one such ruin along the monument's Little Ruin Canyon trail. Go to Photo Collection

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Description This photo of shows Hovenweep Castle amongst great basin sagebrush and a few large juniper. The soil shows signs of extensive foot traffic, but the spreading black biological crust shows that trampling is easing.
Date 1972
Photographer Cramer, M.
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Description Hovenweep Castle is losing sagebrush in the foreground as apache plume and juniper spread and thrive. Young juniper dot the hillside amongst the sagebrush in the background. The background sagebrush has filled in since the end of grazing in this area. Biological soil crust is extensive and mature across the landscape, another sign the landscape has continued to recover from intensive grazing.
Date 2013-08-21
Photographer Webb, R. H.
Photo Source USGS

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