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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rick Morgan

Trail of the Ancients - Part I

Decision time - Do we head north to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks or go east and head to Hovenweep National Monument. We have been to Canyonlands and Arches so we decide to head east. First, we decided to visit Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding. Who knew? - Another gem of a find. This is a wonderful little museum and ancestral Puebloan ruin site. (Anasazi is no longer used or is it "politically" correct. Anasazi is a Navajo word and the Ute, Hopi, and Zuni among others claim the tribes formally called Anasazi as their ancestors and object to the Navajo term to describe them.) The Museum covers the history with exhibits and ruin site of the ancient Native American Culture of the Four Corners region.


We then headed to Hovenweep another fascinating ruin site. We, including Sandy, walked around the 2-mile canyon, and it goes without saying, took lots and lots of pictures. Hovenweep built and inhabited around the same time as Mesa Verde - A.D. 1230 - 1280. The difference here is that most of the structures were built on the mesa above the canyon.

From Hovenweep we took a back road to Cortez and Mesa Verde National Park. We found a private little (no hookup) campsite in the Park.