• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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The Center of a Culture

Photo of Pueblo Bonito taken from the cliff top

Pueblo Bonito

From AD 850 to 1250, Chaco was a hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area--unlike anything before or since. Chaco is remarkable for its multi-storied public buildings, ceremonial buildings, and distinctive architecture. These structures required considerable planning, designing, organizing of labor, and engineering to construct. The Chacoan people combined many elements: pre-planned architectural designs, astronomical alignments, geometry, landscaping, and engineering to create an ancient urban center of spectacular public architecture--one that still awes and inspires us a thousand years later.

Did You Know?

R H Kern drawing of Pueblo Pintado

Many buildings got the names you see at the park today during an exploration under Lieutenant James Simpson in 1849. Simpson recorded the names given to him by one of his guides, Carravahal. They have linguistic origins in Spanish, Navajo, and Hopi.