Ancient Ruins Itinerary - Branson Reynolds Photography
Hovenweep Castle, Utah/Colorado<br />
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The "Castle" is one of several ancient Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) villages within Hovenweep National Monument, which straddles the Utah/Colorado border. In the Ute language, "Hovenweep" means desolate, which could be an appropriate description for this country, but the ruins are spectacular.

Hovenweep Castle, Utah/Colorado

The "Castle" is one of several ancient Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) villages within Hovenweep National Monument, which straddles the Utah/Colorado border. In the Ute language, "Hovenweep" means desolate, which could be an appropriate description for this country, but the ruins are spectacular.

ANCIENT RUINS ITINERARY April 20-26, 2014

Sunday, April 20

We will meet this afternoon at Applebee's Restaurant, at the Durango Downtown Inn (800 Camino Del Rio Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-5393). We'll have dinner together and plan an early evening so everyone can rest from their travels.

Monday, April 21

We’ll have an early breakfast then head to the National Heritage Site of Mesa Verde, which is 36 miles from Durango. We’ll spend the day here exploring the famous ruins of Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and the ruins of Longhouse and others on Chapin Mesa.

Tuesday, April 22

We’ll head out early and spend the day at another World Heritage site of Chaco Canyon, where twelve ancient cities of the Anasazi stretch for several miles along Chaco Wash.

Wednesday, April 23

We’ll use this morning for review and critique of our past two days shooting, then head to the nearby Chacoan outlier of Aztec for the afternoon.

Thursday, April 24

The Anasazi Heritage Center, which is a wonderful museum not far west of Durango, is our first goal this morning. Afterwards we’ll head further west into Utah to Blanding, where we will check into a motel then on to Butler Wash, famous for its cliff dwellings and rock-art panels. We’ll spend the night in Blanding.

Friday,April 25

Edge-of-the-Cedars is a little known but wonderful museum of the Anasazi. We’ll start our morning in the museum and the adjacent Edge-of-the-Cedars ruins, then head to Hovenweep, where six groups of outstanding ruins will occupy us until sunset. Then back to Durango for the night.

Saturday, April 26

Everyone heads home with wonderful photographs and memories.