This Ancestral Puebloan or Anasazi structure in Canyonlands National Park, while round in shape, contains no evidence indicating it was an actual kiva, and hence the name. The time of construction and use appears to have been c.1050 AD to c.1300 AD.
It certainly is a room with a view. As with all sites such as this, I hope we will all remember to look but not touch. The Park Service asks that visitors remain outside the walls of this structure. In comparing this view to older photographs, there appears to have been some degradation to the structure between early images and my recent visit.
Martin van Hemert
Coyotes were yelping in the distance (really, I didn’t make that up) as I pulled out my lights and waited for the stars to emerge in the dusk sky for this panorama.
Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and Fremont people inhabited the Canyonlands area until the 1300s. Possibly as a result of some 30 years of drought, they moved south. Their dwellings and granaries are scattered throughout this national park. These two well preserved granaries are found along the Aztec Butte Trail.
The Southern Utah area contains many sites such as this which can be visited up close. Remember to not touch any structures such as these, so future visitors may enjoy them as well.