Chaco Canyon, located in northwestern New Mexico, is thought to have been the hub
of an extensive trading network. Turquoise was processed into beads, ornaments and jewelry at Chaco, and
traded throughout the Southwest and northern Mexico for parrots, macaws, copper bells and other precious
commodities. Chaco may have been a distribution center for food and resources to the region's highly
variable climate and growing populations. Ceremonies may have brought "pilgrims" to Chaco along a
ritually used road system that connected Chaco to distant communities and to the
sacred landscape. We may never fully understand the Chaco story.
Detailed histories (most with original pictures) about the following specific ruins can now be found at
Chaco Canyon Sites:
Chetro Ketl, Hungo Pavi, Kin Kletso,
Pueblo Alto, Pueblo Bonito, Pueblo del Arroyo
Chaco Canyon Outlier Index Pages:
Aztec, Casamero, Chimney Rock,
Dominguez & Escalante, Kin Bineola, Kin Ya'a,
Lowry Pueblo, Pueblo Pintado, Salmon
To visit Chaco Canyon, turn off New Mexico 44 at County Road 7900, 3 miles east of Nageezi
and approximately 50 miles west of Cuba. From the turnoff it is 21 miles to the park boundary, which includes 5 miles
of paved road (CR 7900) and 16 miles of dirt road (CR 7950).
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other Chaco Canyon Maps or choose "Detailed Maps" in the title bar above.
|Text from Southwest Parks & Monuments Association Chaco Canyon
Monument Guide - SPMA/100M/10th printing/9/99|