Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Address:PO Box 280
Nageezi, NM 87037

Phone:505-786-7014
Fax:505-786-7061
Web: www.nps.gov/chcu/
Size: 33,960 acres.
Established: Proclaimed Chaco Canyon National Monument on March 11, 1907; redesignated and renamed on December 19, 1980. Designated a World Heritage Site on December 8, 1987.
Location:In northwestern New Mexico. The recommended access route to the park is from the north via Hwy. 44/550. Turn off Hwy. 44/550 at CR 7900 (3 miles southeast of Nageezi) and go 21 miles to the park boundary (5 miles of paved road on CR 7900 and 16 miles of dirt road on CR 7950/7985).
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), bicycle trail, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, ranger-led walks.
Special Features:The canyon contains 13 major prehistoric sites and hundreds of smaller ones, built by the Ancestral Puebloan People during the 9th through 12th centuries. The Chaco Museum collection contains approximately one million artifacts from more than 120 sites in Chaco Canyon and the surrounding region.

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Enhanced by the inclusion of more than 130 spectacular photographs by Larry Lindahl showcasing remarkable archeological locations ranging from Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and Navajo National Monument, to Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Cedar Mesa National Monument, and many more, "The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites" is an ideal itinerary planning resource and would prove a welcome addition to community and academic American Archaeology reference collections.
Covering 1,400 miles, the trip includes stops at Rocky Mountain National Park (July 12) in Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument (July 13) in Colorado, Arches National Park (July 15) in Utah, Mesa Verde National Park (July 16) in Colorado, Chaco Culture National Park (July 17) in New Mexico, and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (July 18) in Colorado.
In about January 2000, the area on and around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, San Juan and McKinley counties, New Mexico, was colonized by ca.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), which recognized the Chaco culture in 1987, pronounced it "remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings and its distinctive architecture--it has an ancient urban ceremonial centre that is unlike anything constructed before or since.
Temperatures at Chaco Culture dip below freezing in winter and soar above 100 degrees in summer, but the park is open year-round.
Sofaer discovered the Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico in 1977, and shortly afterward founded the Solstice Project to study the astronomy of the ancient Chaco culture.
Sofaer recognized the significance of this 'Sun Dagger' and commenced a thirty-year investigation and research into the meaning of it and numerous other astronomical expressions found throughout the architecture and art of the ancient Chaco culture.
I'm taking a 10-day, 1,000-mile trip that begins and ends in Albuquerque, looping north through Santa Fe and Taos, west to the mysterious Chaco Culture National Historical Park and the living pueblo of Acoma, and south to volcanic El Malpais National Monument and revitalized Silver City.
These include Gettysburg National Military Park, the Grand Canyon, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Mojave National Preserve in California, and Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park.
For the first time, it offers histories and descriptions of Chaco Culture National Historic Park and the Bisti Badlands, said Bobby Martin, who designed the guide's front cover, a portrait of an early, unknown Navajo warrior.
In 1988 the Resource Management Plan for Chaco Culture National Historical Park addressed the issue of Native American use of park resources, and proposed a special regulation concerning the continued medico-religious practices by Navajo and Pueblo Indians.