David Grant Noble, our archaeological interpreter, explains the enigmatic Hovenweep ruins.
Hovenweep is known for its many towers that reach to three stories or more.
The masonry at Hovenweep is in the Mesa Verde style and dates to the 13th century A.D.
A wet spring produced many wildflowers, including this barrel cactus.
Huckleberry Ruin perched on a canyon rim is an outlier of Hovenweep.
Our crew readies the rafts for the four-day trip down the San Juan River.
Inflatable kayaks add some excitement to our trip.
We hike to 16-room house, located in an alcove high above the river. It was never occupied.
The Ancestral Puebloans carved steps in the canyon wall to get to settlements on the river.
David discusses amazing petroglyphs at Butler Wash, some of the most impressive in the Southwest.
These petroglyphs date to the early Basketmaker period, around 2000 years ago.
These figures may recount the experiences of shamans.
David talks about the River House cliff dwelling that dates to the 13th century.
At the NA granary at River House was used to store food.
We hike into Chinle Wash. The alcove contains a cliff dwelling.
Eight granaries in Chinle Wash were used to store food. They are only accessible to the agile climbers.
Baseball man is a colorful pictograph in the canyon.
We relax at camp on the river. Our guides prepare delicious meals.
Faster water is fun, but we have no dangerous rapids.
We see many desert bighorn sheep in the lower canyon, including these rams.
On the river.
Near the end of our trip we pass Mexican Hat Rock.