• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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  • Kin Bineola and Kin Ya' a Great Houses CLOSED

    There is no public access.

  • Reservations required to attend equinox sunrise program

    To attend the equinox sunrise program on Monday, September 22 call the visitor center at 505-786-7014. Program will be limited to 100 participants.

Wall Capping

With relatively few remaining original roofs, the tops of the walls are exposed to weathering, which ultimately causes severe erosion and collapse. The preservation staff caps each wall with several courses of stone set in a more weather-resistant mortar. This cap takes the brunt of the weathering, sheds snow and rain, and protects the original wall surfaces beneath.

 

Did You Know?

Photo of Chaco Wash

The climate of Chaco Canyon 1,000 years ago was very similar to the climate in the park today, with annual precipitation of only eight to nine inches. The Puebloans constructed water control features like dams, canals, and headgates for farming in such a dry environment.