Hovenweep-Navajo Classic

Bluff, Utah

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The Hovenweep-Navajo Classic is an 88.2-mile out-and-back route. The ride’s highlights include the once-thriving, peaceful settlement of Bluff, the “loud serenity” of Navajo Nation desert wilderness, and the engineering mystique of Hovenweep. At 27,000 square miles, the Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States. The nation straddles four states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Within Utah, the Navajo Nation occupies the area south of the San Juan River; east of the small community of Montezuma Creek, the Nation extends north of the river, onto the McCracken Mesa, and eastward to the Hovenweep National Monument. The ancestors of the people who occupy this region migrated from Canada during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. They settled here; their descendants include the Navajo and the Apache.

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"The Hovenweep-Navajo Classic is an 88.2-mile out-and-back route. The ride’s highlights include the once-thriving, peaceful settlement of Bluff, the “loud serenity” of Navajo Nation desert wilderness, and the engineering mystique of Hovenweep. At 27,000 square miles, the Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States. The nation straddles four states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico,
and Utah.

Within Utah, the Navajo Nation occupies the area south of the San Juan River; east of the small community of Montezuma Creek, the Nation extends north of the river, onto the McCracken Mesa, and eastward to the Hovenweep National
Monument. The ancestors of the people who occupy this region migrated from Canada during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. They settled here; their descendants include the Navajo and the Apache."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Bluff
Distance: 88.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Maps: DeLorme: Utah Atlas & Gazetter
Driving Directions: Directions to Hovenweep-Navajo Classic

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