Now we needed to decide what to do. We chose to stay in Blanding to see Butler Wash Ruins and Lower Mule Canyon the next day. We decided to devote the afternoon to Hovenweep. It has been on Peter’s list but it is far enough off the beaten path that we’ve never made it. Today was to be the day.
We decided to take the scenic route east out of Bluff on 163 to turn north on 262 in Montezuma Creek. This takes you through some barren country but there is oil there and therefore plenty of activity. It reminded Peter of Avondale, Arizona where he used to live as a kid…rough around the edges and as much a part of the American southwest as the dust itself.