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    Chaco Culture

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March 21, 2012
General Management Plan Amendment Environmental Assessment Open for Comment
General Management Plan Amendment / Environmental Assessment for Chaco Culture National Historical Park is available for review and open for comment through April 9, 2012.

March 04, 2010
Spring Equinox
Friday March 19, 2010 join Ranger G. B. Cornucopia for special sunrise presentations at Casa Rinconada. Meet at Casa Rinconada great kiva at 7:00 am. The park gate on the Canyon Loop Drive opens at 6:15 am.

December 16, 2009
Equinox Sunrise Program
Join Ranger GB Cornucopia for special sunrise presentations at Casa Rinconada. Meet at Casa Rinconada great kiva at 7:00am.

December 10, 2009
Winter Solstice Events
Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be hosting a number of special events December 21 - 22, 2009 to celebrate the winter solstice. These events include special tours and programs.

September 04, 2009
Chaco Campground reopens September 17, 2009!
No abstract supplied.

July 30, 2009
Native Country
Join us for special musical evening with Native Country “live” at Chaco and explore one of the unique musical connections of modern Navajo Culture!

June 23, 2009
Chaco Campground Closed for Emergency Repairs
No abstract supplied.

June 11, 2009
Chaco Campground Closes for Emergency Repairs on June 15
No abstract supplied.

June 11, 2009
Fee Free Summer Weekends at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, along with all national parks, will waive entrance fees for three weekends this summer.

May 22, 2009
Sun Stand Still
Bert Leno's Acoma Native Cultural Dancers will present traditional social dances on Saturday, June 20th at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm in the plaza of Pueblo Bonito to celebrate the summer solstice.

April 29, 2009
Chaco Campground Closure
Camping at Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be interrupted beginning June 15,2009 for emergency repairs at the Gallo Campground to replace the septic system. Work is expected to last approximately three weeks.

February 23, 2009
Public Scoping: Infrastructure Improvement Projects
Chaco Culture National Historical Park is currently developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to examine the environmental impacts associated with eleven projects that are required to improve -- through rehabilitation, repair, removal and/or replacement -- the infrastructure of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park for employee and visitor safety (NPS Strategic Management Plan, 2007) and for sustainable and efficient park operations.

June 03, 2008
Summer Slostice Events at Chaco
Chaco Culture National Historical Park will celebrate summer solstice with traditional dancers from Acoma Pueblo and pottery demonstrations by potters from San Felipe.

April 23, 2008
2008 guest speaker series
Chaco's 2008 Guest Speaker Series

March 26, 2008
Star Party
Chaco Culture National Historical Park and The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will present the 10th Annual Spring Star Party on Saturday, May 3, 2008.

February 21, 2008
Camping restrictions
Camping at Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be severely limited until further notice. The group campsites will be closed and regular camping is limited to 35 sites.

February 14, 2008
Chaco's Camping will be Extremely Limited in 2008
Camping at Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be severely limited until further notice.

October 19, 2007
Guided Tour of Shabik'eshchee
Join park staff for a special tour of Shabik'eshchee Village on Saturday, October 27, 2007. Shabik'eshchee is a large pithouse village located on Chacra Mesa near the park's east boundary.

October 10, 2007
New Museum Facility
On Friday, October 12, 2007, the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Museum Collection Facility will open at the Hibben Center for Archaeological Research at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

September 21, 2007
Chip Seal Project begins Monday September 24, 2007
On September 24, 2007, Chaco Culture National Historical Park will begin a project to resurface roads in the park maintenance area, residence areas, and visitor center employee parking area causing some visitor delays and campground site reductions.

September 09, 2007
Equnox Events
Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be hosting a number of special events September 21 - 23, 2007 to celebrate the fall equinox. These events include guest speakers, special tours and programs.

May 25, 2007
"Reflections" A Modern Look at Chacoan Communications
On May 29, 2007, park staff will participate in a region-wide demonstration, and attempt to communicate by mirrors with others located at Pierre’s Site, Huerfano Mesa, Mesa Verde, and Chimney Rock Pueblo and other Chacoan sites.

May 23, 2007
2007 Chaco Guest Speaker Series
In celebration of our 100 year anniversary, Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be hosting a series of guest speakers throughout the summer.

May 16, 2007
Summer Solstice Events at Chaco
No abstract supplied.

May 11, 2007
Fee Increase
Chaco Culture National Historical Park proposes to increase the park entrance fees to $15.00 for private vehicles and $7.00 for individuals beginning June 1, 2008.

April 19, 2007
Prescribed Fire at Chaco Culture NHP
Prescribed fire project scheduled for Chaco Culture National Historical Park sometime after April 18, 2007.

April 10, 2007
Chaco Spring Star Party
Chaco Culture National Historical Park will present an observatory open house and Star Party on Saturday, May 19, 2007.

March 07, 2007
Centennial Events Begin at Chaco with a Fee Free Day
Chaco Culture National Historical Park will celebrate its 100th anniversary on March 11, 2007 with a Fee Free Day.

Did You Know?

Photo of Chaco Wash

The climate of Chaco Canyon 1,000 years ago was very similar to the climate in the park today, with annual precipitation of only eight to nine inches. The Puebloans constructed water control features like dams, canals, and headgates for farming in such a dry environment.