• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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For Kids

Junior Ranger
 

Chaco Culture is a great park for kids to learn about the treasures of the past and why it is important to preserve them. Children of all ages can earn their own Junior Ranger Badge by exploring the ruins and answering questions in the Junior Ranger booklet. Booklets are provided free at the visitor center. Along the way kids will learn about ancestral Pueblo life and how we can preserve the past and make our own future better. Read more.

Did You Know?

Photo of Richard Wetherill's coal mine

Richard Wetherill came to Chaco Canyon in 1896 and worked with the American Museum of Natural History. He operated a ranch and trading post there until his death in 1910. To keep warm during the frigid Chaco winters, Richard burned low-grade coal from a mine he constructed.