Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
Wander Among Puebloan Ruins
The 34,000-acre Chaco Culture National Historical Park, in a remote canyon northwest of Albuquerque, was one of the country’s first national monuments, designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. Roosevelt knew what he was doing: Chaco is the closest thing the U.S. has to Machu Picchu, with six major archeology sites, encompassing the remnants of an ancestral Puebloan desert city, where thousands of people lived between A.D. 850 and A.D. 1250. After checking out the other sites, tackle the seven-mile round-trip Peñasco Blanco trail, which leads to an unexcavated great house, built in the late 800s.
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