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To see the amazing houses at Chaco Culture Historical Park you have to be prepared to spend quite a bit of time on the road and drive some pretty bad stretches of unpaved road... but it is well worth it. The site of the various...More
To get a true feel for the life
And history of these Native Americans this is a place you must visit when in the southwest. Fabulous food and craftsmanship in their pottery and jewellery. When one wants the real deal spend some time here and...More
Chaco Canyon is kind of out of the way -- and you have to navigate some really bad road to get here (several miles between the San Juan County segment and the National Park) -- but it is worth the trouble. This was one of...More
Our National Parks are our greatest treasure. This park is wonderful. It is one of our most remote parks. There is a long unpaved road before reaching the paved roads in the park.
There are several ruins in the center of the park. It is...More
Nobody interested in Native American history should miss this place. The ruins itself, but also the historical controversies surrounding them (the big houses used to be palaces, one important theory goes) are endlessly fascinating. The remoteness of the place is an experience by itself.
In 2017 spring, we tried to go here but were told to forget it since it had been raining. They were correct, this time we made it in. I drove the north entrance which is off Highway 550 in Nageezi. It has 13 miles of...More
Spent 3 nights in the campground there. Long access road, 1st 8 miles paved, next 7 not too bad gravel, last 7 pretty rough gravel, but take your time and you'll do fine! Early Pueblos amazing to see the size. Nice hiking opportunities. Cool Collared...More
Vary nice and quit place to get photos of. There is also a vister's center . The trail isn't paved it so highly recommend you ware sturdy shoes and some of the things are kinda hard to get to so bring along benaculers and a...More
I was not really sure what to expect here. The canyon where the buildings are located is already something. But then there is the series of ancient building remains in variouse building styles.
It is not the easiest of drives to get there, the unpaved...More
Much depends on your interests. The Great Houses are spectacular in their own right but unless you have some understanding of the 'normal' way that the people lived it is difficult to really appreciate them. The National... More
Much depends on your interests. The Great Houses are spectacular in their own right but unless you have some understanding of the 'normal' way that the people lived it is difficult to really appreciate them. The National Parks and monuments, such as Chaco and Aztec, do a great job but understandably highlight the most visually spectacular buildings and accomplishments, however, give only cursory understanding of how 'average' people lived. It would be like visiting the 10 most spectacular monuments in Washington D.C. but never visiting a farm of factory in Virginia. There are many opportunities to more deeply explore the fascinating history of the Ancestral Puebloan peoples; digitally and in person. Their descendants also maintain many of the cultural traditions and these may be accessed through venues such as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and/or avisit to a Pueblo community during one of the many 'open' days. It is even possible to become directly involved in active archaeological research at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. I also recommend a visit to the Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum near Dolores, Colorado