This area of New Mexico was actually an urban center for ceremony and trade in the prehistoric Four Corners area. There is architecture that is different from earlier area buildings and engineering projects. They used astronomy, possibly for both religious and agricultural purposes. The people developed dry land farming in the canyon.
We only toured a few of the pueblos there, some are too far for my hiking abilities for a one-day trip and the sun was heating up the canyon although the wind remained comfortably cool. Of course the camera battery died on the first photo but we got a few photos with my iPhone and Ron's iPad.
|Fajada Butte, our first sight of Chaco Canyon|
|The building walls are about 18" thick and had straight corners|
|Lots of small, flat rocks form the walls|
|Ron admiring the straight walls and square corners|
|One of the large Kivas|
|Another view of the large Kiva. See the small stairway to get down into it?|
|Part of the Elk herd that now inhabits the canyon|