Hovenweep National Monument, Cutthroat Castle Unit

The ruins of Hovenweep National Monument, in San Juan County, Southeastern Utah, and in adjacent Colorado, protect some of the finest examples of ancient stone architecture in the southwest.

Cutthroat Castle Unit features more kivas than the other nearby Hovenweep villages.
 The Cutthroat Castle Unit features more kivas than the other nearby Hovenweep villages.
The kiva incorporated into Cutthroat Castle is not sunken, as is typical of most kivas.

Hovenweep National Monument, Cutthroat Castle Unit
There were four towers at Cutthroat, one of which was square. Towers are often paired with kivas.

Cutthroat Castle kiva
The circular wall in the foreground adjoins the Cutthroat Castle kiva.

Cutthroat Castle, in San Juan County,
      Southeastern Utah.

Stone Tower. Cutthroat Castle, in San Juan County, Southeastern Utah.
Towers have particularly well-fashioned stone construction, with hammered stone surfacing.
The high grade of stone masonry of community structures is the most enduring.

For eight centuries, these walls have endured frequent freezing and thawing cycles.
Cutthroat Castle, in San Juan County, Southeastern Utah.

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HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT.  The official home page of
Hovenweep National Monument maintained by the National Park Service.

Learn About the Ancestral Puebloans. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's experiential education programs actively engage students in real archaeological research and expose them to the historical and cultural perspectives of the native peoples.

Natural Bridges National Monument is located 80 miles west of Hovenweep between Blanding and Lake Powell. Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are located about two hours northwest of the monument. 


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