Four Corners road trip

Four Corners road trip

Modern life, ancient ruins coexist in Southwest
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Pueblo Bonito is one of the partially excavated ruins at Chaco National Historic Site in northwestern New Mexico. It was the center of the Ancestral Puebloan culture that flourished from the 800s to the 1100s.
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Karen Matthews visits Balcony House at Mesa Verde National Park. The tools excavated there, called manos and metates, were used for grinding corn.
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Some Native American sites in the Southwest are best visited with a guide like guide Gary Tso, who takes visitors to villages on a Hopi reservation in Arizona that is entirely surrounded by the Navajo Nation.
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Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, where this series of doorways was photographed, is an example of the masonry that has survived a thousand years.
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The Great Kiva and Casa Rinconada are among the impressive ruins at Chaco Canyon.
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iF YOU GO

Map: AAA’s Indian Country Guide Map is useful for navigating the Four Corners.

Hopi Cultural Center: Second Mesa, Ariz., www.hopiculturalcenter.com or (928) 734-2401. Hotel and restaurant open all year. Gary Tso, Left-Handed Hunter Tour...

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