Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon is to pueblo ruins lovers as Disneyland is to kids of all ages.  To see everything you really need more than one trip. Chaco is an impressively orchestrated maze of beautiful old stone, amazing history of ancient culture, and a little mystery.

Chaco Canyon draws interest from many walks-of-life including archaeologists, anthropologists and astronomers for good reason. Because of its location, Chaco has an exceptionally dark night sky – and is the only national park that features it own on-site observatory.

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.

NPS_map_of_Chaco_Culture_National_Historic_Park

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.

Explore Chaco through guided tours, hiking and biking trails, campfire talks, and night sky programs with the National Park Service.  www.nps.gov

Wikipedia contributors, ‘Chaco Culture National Historical Park’, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 June 2016, 18:30 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chaco_Culture_National_Historical_Park&oldid=723381288&gt; [accessed 2 June 2016]

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