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Centennial Events Begin at Chaco with a Fee Free Day

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Date: March 7, 2007
Contact: Russ Bodnar, Chief of Interpretation, 505-786-7014 Ext. 240
Contact: Mandy Harmon, Park Ranger, 505-786-7014 Ext. 243

Chaco Culture National Historical Park will begin celebrating its 100th anniversary on March 11, 2007 with a Fee Free Day.

President Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation on March 11, 1907 that established Chaco Canyon National Monument on March 11, 1907. This year, the park plans a number of events to celebrate the centennial including a Guest Speaker Series, cultural demonstrations, and the opening of the Hibben Center located on the University of New Mexico's campus in Albuquerque, which will house Chaco’s archives and collections. Each event commemorates 100 Years of Excavation, Preservation, and Interpretation.

The Visitor Center opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. Visitor fees (normally $8.00 per private vehicle) will be waived the entire day. A special cancellation stamp will be available for people to document their attendance. The park will provide light refreshments. The park’s first newspaper, Canyon Echoes, will be available as well.

March 11, 2007 coincides with the first day of Daylight Savings Time. "Spring forward" with Chaco and celebrate our 100 year birthday.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit www.nps.gov/chcu or call 505-786-7014, ext. 221.

Did You Know?

Photo of Scarlet Macaw

A thousand years ago, when Chaco was flourishing, you could hear the squawks of Scarlet ( Ara macao ) and Military ( Ara militaris ) macaws in the high desert. Live birds were traded along routes that stretched deep into present-day Mexico. They kept the live birds in rooms at Pueblo Bonito. More...