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.
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.