Chaco Canyon


The site of Chaco Canyon was a great center of culture for the Ancient Pueblo peoples. Collection of foodstuffs and storage made it imperative that the peoples knew when spring planting and autumn harvest would occur. The key to this schedule became the solstices and equinoxes.  The culture’s complex knowledge of celestial events stems from evidence found at Chaco Canyon, seemingly from generations of astronomical observations.

~Joseph T. Page II
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Official Website: Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Active: 11th Century
GPS Coordinates: Coming Soon
Getting There: Chaco Canyon is located in northwestern New Mexico. The preferred and recommended access route to the park is from the north, via US 550 (formerly NM 44) and County Road (CR) 7900, and CR 7950.
Hours of Operation: The park is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. The Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day but the park's roads, sites, trails and campground will remain open.
Cost: $8 for 7 days per vehicle - other rates at official site