Chaco’s ancient charm

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Chaco’s ancient charm

At the other Mesa Verde, visitors can navigate ruins, touch the past
The Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico features numerous large buildings and kivas built by ancestral Puebloans from 850 to 1250 A.D. The site was a major trading location and economic center of the San Juan Basin. Today, guided tours, hiking and biking trails, evening campfire talks and night sky programs are available to visitors.
Visitors to Chaco can walk freely in and out of most buildings. The remote park sees far fewer people than Mesa Verde National Park.
Volunteer ranger Kayla Lanoue explains what life was like for ancestral Puebloans at Chaco. Fajada Butte is in the background.
A hiker negotiates a slot canyon.
Pueblo Bonito, the largest ruin, was the center of the Chacoan world. Visitors can explore many of its rooms.

Chaco’s ancient charm

The Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico features numerous large buildings and kivas built by ancestral Puebloans from 850 to 1250 A.D. The site was a major trading location and economic center of the San Juan Basin. Today, guided tours, hiking and biking trails, evening campfire talks and night sky programs are available to visitors.
Visitors to Chaco can walk freely in and out of most buildings. The remote park sees far fewer people than Mesa Verde National Park.
Volunteer ranger Kayla Lanoue explains what life was like for ancestral Puebloans at Chaco. Fajada Butte is in the background.
A hiker negotiates a slot canyon.
Pueblo Bonito, the largest ruin, was the center of the Chacoan world. Visitors can explore many of its rooms.
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