The Center of a Culture
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?
The Hopi place name for Chaco Canyon is Yupkoyvi, "the place beyond the horizon." Ten clans of the Hopi consider Chaco Canyon part of their ancestral homeland More...