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Enchanted Chaco Canyon

Pat Martin
Grand Junction, Colo.

Pat Martin

What treasures lie at our doorstep! Just four or five hours south of the Grand Valley, one can discover life as it was in the Four Corners area many hundreds of years ago. There, the history of an ancient people stands written in stone. The crumbling ruins bear mute testimony to the superhuman efforts of these ancient inhabitants of the San Juan Basin, who coaxed a meager existence from the desert floor while building wondrous and complex buildings of stone, rivaling anything anywhere in the world at the time, even the Great Coliseum of Rome.

And it’s practically in our “backyard.”

Located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The park is in a relatively inaccessible valley cut by the Chaco Wash and hosts the densest and most exceptional concentration of ancient ruins in the American Southwest. Here the Chacoan people combined pre-planned architectural designs, astronomical alignments, geometry, landscaping, and engineering to create sites that served as major urban centers of ancestral Puebloan ceremony, culture and trade.

What treasures lie at our doorstep! Just four or five hours south of the Grand Valley, one can discover life as it was in the Four Corners area many hundreds of years ago. There, the history of an ancient people stands written in stone. The crumbling ruins bear mute testimony to the superhuman efforts of these ancient inhabitants of the San Juan Basin, who coaxed a meager existence from the desert floor while building wondrous and complex buildings of stone, rivaling anything anywhere in the world at the time, even the Great Coliseum of Rome.

And it’s practically in our “backyard.”

Located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The park is in a relatively inaccessible valley cut by the Chaco Wash and hosts the densest and most exceptional concentration of ancient ruins in the American Southwest. Here the Chacoan people combined pre-planned architectural designs, astronomical alignments, geometry, landscaping, and engineering to create sites that served as major urban centers of ancestral Puebloan ceremony, culture and trade.

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