The Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

The Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico is a tough place to get to, but the journey is well worth the effort. It can be accessed by one of two dirt roads, one entering from the north and one entering from the south.

The ancient site of Chaco is a World Heritage site. The Chaco Culture National Historical Park receives tens of thousands of visitors each year, willing to make the trip for a glimpse into ancient history. Visitors will find amazing sandstone brick buildings, some four stories high with hundreds of rooms. There are also artifacts including pottery, weavings and more.

Between 850 CE (common era) and 1150 CE several diverse groups worked together to build and create what began being excavated in 1896. Since that first excavation attempt in 1896, historians have tried to explain what happened in the Chaco Canyon. Visitors can walk through the buildings, view petroglyphs and perhaps come up with their own theories as to what brought differing groups together to build and create what was later found in the Chaco Canyon.

Though the canyon is isolated and a difficult drive, RVers who travel with a tow vehicle that can make the trip should make an effort to visit this unique place.

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