• 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?

Photo of Hopi Dancers at Pueblo Bonito

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...