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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JOURNEY BACK IN TIME If there's one place in America's Southwest where there's a tangible feeling of the past, then Chaco Culture National Historical Park in north-western New Mexico it is.
I saw my first gray flycatcher at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, sallying among ruins at Pueblo Bonito, and my first pinyon jays near preserved pueblos at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
We are learning about the Chaco Culture National Park in New Mexico and the people who lived here 1000 years ago.
Farmington, NM, October 08, 2016 --(PR.com)-- This October, the National Parks Arts Foundation in cooperation with the National Park Service at Chaco Culture National Historical Park will host NM based painter and computer artists John Vokoun for the third and last of the foundation's 2016 residencies.
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.
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."
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. Nine papers and abstracts of six others document the Project's findings over the past three decades on light markings and petroglyphs on Fajada Butte, astronomical expressions in the major Chacoan buildings, the Great North Road, and computer restoration of the Sun Dagger site.
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. The results of this three decade study are what comprise "Chaco Astronomy: An Ancient American Cosmology".