CANCELLED: Hovenweep Hopalong Register

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Thu, May 9, 2024; 9:30 AM2:30 PM 

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05/09/2024 9:30 AM 05/09/2024 2:30 PM
CANCELLED: Hovenweep Hopalong

The Hovenweep Hopalong is a bike hike tour of the Hovenweep National Monument Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites located in Southeastern Utah and Southwestern Colorado approximately 50 miles west of Cortez, CO and 40 miles east of Bluff, Utah. We will hike and explore the main Square Tower complex from the Visitors' Center, and then bike to the Horseshoe, Hackberry, Holly, and Cutthroat Castle outliers. We will also bike to Ruins Point in the Canyon of the Ancients. The bike trip and hikes to the many sites will total approximately 10 miles. We will bike over paved roads, improved dirt roads and unimproved 2-tracks. Hiking will be on packed dirt and rocky trails. Registrants should be in good enough bike shape to ride 5 miles up a 5% grade. There will be short hikes of 100-200 yards to sites. Gravel, Mountain or Ebike are strongly advised. Road bikes are discouraged and motorized bikes are prohibited. Hovenweep has a campground near the visitor center with 30 campsites allocated on a first come-first served basis. The sites can accomodate tents and RVs of no greater length that 30 ft. Dispersed camping is allowed on BLM land in the Canyons of the Ancients (Colorado). information about facilities at the main complex as well as further information about Hovenweep National Monument can be found at the National Park site for Hovenweep National Monument. Lodging, dining and gas are available in Bluff, UT and Cortez, CO. Hovenweep is 265 miles from Bernalillo, NM. All registrants should google respective distances from their starting points. The outings leader has extensive knowledge of the region and communities nearby and can advise on travel, etc.

8R2Q+4W Aneth, UT, USA

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Organized By: Northern New Mexico Group

Location: 8R2Q+4W Aneth, UT, USA

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Hart Pierce
   (505) 320-1055

Hovenweep National Monument is a fairly remote location of several Ancestral Puebloan ruin complexes in Southeastern Utah and Southwestern Colorado.  The region is high desert mesa country bracketed by Cajon and Cannonball Mesas, Sleeping Ute Mountain annd several spectacular canyons with general elevations ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 ft., with a dominant pinon/juniper/sagebrush ecosystem.  Its vast beauty and proximity to Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods, Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears, Natural Bridges National Monument, The Abajo Mountains and the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park make Hovenweep a very popular stop in the 4 Corners.  It is off the beaten path and facilities are generally uncrowded with ample camping sites available November through March.  April and May see increased visitation but the weather is generally warmer and less windy.    As stated earlier, 30 camping are available at Hovenweep National Park on a first come first serve basis.  These sites fill quickly in the Spring, Summer and Fall months, so folks planning to camp should prepare accordingly and arrive a day or two in advance of this outing.  Dispersed camping is Availkable in Canyon of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado @ 7miles away.  Lodging, camping, dining and shopping are supplies are available in Cortez and Dove Creek, CO, and Bluff, Blanding and Monticello, UT.  Distances to these communities range from 60-40 miles.  Daytime temperatures range from 40s-80s with nights ranging from the 30s-50s.  Because of Hovenweeps remote but centered location to other attractions listed above, it would be wise to schedule a longer stay in the area and take in those sites.  If you have questions, the outtings leader can advise.  

This bike/hike outing is listed as moderate-strenuous.  Participants should be able to ride 5 miles on a 5% uphill grade, and walk a mile in 25 minutes.  15 years ago, Sweeper Spence and I were traveling back from our tour of the outliers and had to pedal 5 miles downhill and could only make 5 miles an hour!  Wind can be strong.  That was unusual but weather does not always cooperate on the Colorado Plateau.  Gravel, mountain or ebikes are strongly recommended.  Bikes should be equiped with flat pedals to accomodate hiking footwear.  "Clipless" pedals and road bikes are strongly discouraged.  We will be riding on pavement, dirt roads and two tracks and hiking on rocky packed dirt trails.  Tires must be in excellent condition, and folks will be responsible for fixing their own flats.  All riders will be required to wear helmets and have rear safety flashers that can be seen 50 yards away.  The 13 participant cutoff is calculated to maximize road safety and group cohesiveness.  We need to stay together as group while riding as best as possible.

As stated before, gear, apparel and other updates will appear in the Full Description approximately 2 weeks prior to the event or earlier if important information needs to be communicated.  For those of you who have been on my outings in the past, please note that my URL has changed and is listed below with my phone number.  If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact me.    

Level: Moderate(moderate to strenuous)

Signup Instructions: Registration must take place at

Bring: Recommended gear, apparel and other important information will be discussed in the Full Description.

Signup Restrictions: Registrants must be 18 years or older. No pets.

Carpool: Carpooling is encouraged but not arranged or coordinated by the Sierra Club outings leader.

Note: Carpool transportation is at the sole risk of the participants.

Cancellation Policy: Activity is held rain or shine, but may be altered due to inclement weather

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