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This amazing ten-mile canyon was a major centre of ancestral Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250.  Located in the Northwest corner of New Mexico, Chaco Canyon was a focus for ceremonials, trade and political activity for the prehistoric Four Corners area.

Chaco Facts:

Contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico.

  • Preserves one of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas in the United States.
  • Chacoan building may have been aligned to capture the solar and lunar cycles, requiring generations of astronomical observations and centuries of skillfully coordinated construction.
  • Sites are considered sacred ancestral homelands by the Hopi and Pueblo people.

This park is on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.

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