Virgin River 1 and 2 - Ruins of Pit Houses and Pueblos
For several miles along the Virgin River there are remnants of what appears to be pit houses and / or pueblos similar to those in the "Lost City" area of Overton. Pit houses were typically circular, below ground level (hence the name pit), and will not have a ring of rocks around edge of the pit at ground level. Pueblo ruins can be circular, square, or rectangular, and you will normally see rocks outlining what once was the base of the structure similar to the lead photo above. Both of these may or may not show signs of having a pit because of blown-in sediment, or the roofs or the walls of the structures having collapsed in on itself leaving it at ground level or with a depression in the ground.
To get a better idea of what we were seeing, please visit the Lost City Museum in Overton Nevada. The museum has reconstructed a pueblo and a pit house next to the museum.
Description of ruins:
Pit house ruins: Are normally circular and below ground with a wood and/or dirt roof and are older than pueblos. The ruins of a pit house will usually present itself as a circle with a depression in the center. The depression is where the roof collapsed in on itself. You will normally not see a rock ring or circle of rocks around the upper edge of the pit house.
Pueblo ruins: Can be square, round or circular, or rectangular, and may or may not be connected with other pueblos. In Nevada they are normally single story unlike their counterparts in the four corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona which can be multiple stories. The ruins will normally present themselves as a square, circular, or rectangular rock patterns or outlines on the ground, and they may or may not be connected to each other.