Summer Solstice Events at Chaco
Contact: Russ Bodnar, (505) 786-7014 ext. 240
Chaco Culture National Historical Park will host the Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers who will present traditional social dances in the plaza of Pueblo Bonito throughout the day on Thursday, June 21, 2007. The public is invited to attend the dances and celebrate the start of summer at Chaco with our special guests from the Pueblo of Zuni
The Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers will dance at 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm in the plaza of Pueblo Bonito. Pueblo Bonito is located 4 1/2 miles from the visitor center on the canyon loop drive. Photography (non-commercial) is permitted.
On the mornings of June 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Park Ranger G B Cornucopia will present a program at the great kiva Casa Rinconada at sunrise (6:00am) where a solstice marker can be observed. Park gates will open at 5:30am.
Pueblo potters Diane and Roger Candelaria from San Felipe Pueblo will demonstrate their traditional art on Wednesday, June 20th and Thursday June
Superintendent Barbara West states “Summer solstice 2007 will be a very special time at Chaco. Help us celebrate the beginning of summer and share in the rich traditions that began at Chaco a thousand years ago and are still alive and well in native peoples today."
The park is approximately 70 miles south of Farmington, off Hwy 550 (formerly NM 44) on County Road 7900 and 7950.
The Gallo Campground is extremely limited (25 sites). Please consider alternate camping options, and call the park for more information (505-786-7014 ext 240).
Did You Know?
The park considered a number of ideas for mitigating the damage that would be done if Threatening Rock fell. Proposed solutions included using dynamite to destroy it, anchoring it to the canyon wall with cables, or clearing out the rock debris behind it. It fell on January 22, 1941.