Chaco Canyon National Monument Things to Do

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    Chaco Canyon (Pueblo Bonito)

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 6, 2003

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    The builders of Pueblo Bonito knew when they started that they were going to build four or five stories but the walls weren't erected in a single operation. As the height for each story was reached, beams were built into the wall, and the ceiling covered to provide a platform from which to work while raising the walls another stage.

    Pueblo Bonito (Mark Jochim 6/1/93)

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    Chaco Canyon

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 6, 2003

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    Constructed over three acres of land around 850 A.D., Pueblo Bonito had five stories, 800 rooms and 40 kivas housing 1,200 Anasazi - ancestors of today's Pueblo Indians.

    The Chacoans were highly-skilled masons, building their cities of sandstone blocks mortared with mud, without metals tools or formal mathematical knowledge.

    Inside Pueblo Bonito (Astrid Nathan 6/1/93)

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    Pueblo Bonito - Chaco Canyon

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 6, 2003

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    Pueblo Bonito is a massive semi-circular "great house" that was used from 850 A.D. to around 1150. It encompasses many ceremonial kivas as interconnected cells.

    OPEN: Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8-6
    Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-5

    ADMISSION: $8 per vehicle

    (Mark Jochim 6/1/93)

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  • Climb the Hill

    by histrionia62 Updated Jul 8, 2005

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    Climb the trail that goes up the cliffs overlooking Chaco Canyon. It is totally worth it. You get fantastic views of the ruins.

    Tight squeeze
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Archeology

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    Corner Window at Pueblo Bonito

    by MarkJochim Updated Apr 6, 2003

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    On the morning of the winter solstice in December, the rays of the rising sun shine through this window and strike the opposite corner of the room behind it.

    (Mark Jochim 6/1/93)

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