Posts Tagged ‘canyon’

Aztec Ruins National Monument

December 19th, 2009
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Follow ancient passageways to a distant time. Explore West Ruin, a center of ancestral Pueblo society that once housed over 500 masonry rooms. Look up and see original timbers holding up the roof. Search for the fingerprints of ancient workers in the stucco walls. Listen for an echo of ritual drums in the reconstructed Great Kiva. Adventure into the past.

Chaco Canyon

From AD 850 to 1250, Chaco was a hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area–unlike anything before or since.

Chaco is remarkable for its multi-storied public buildings, ceremonial buildings, and distinctive architecture.  These structures required considerable planning, designing, organizing of labor, and engineering to construct.  The Chacoan people combined many elements: pre-planned architectural designs, astronomical alignments, geometry, landscaping, and engineering to create an ancient urban center of spectacular public architecture–one that still awes and inspires us a thousand years later.

Hidden Treasure: San Lorenzo Canyon

April 7th, 2009
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This scenic east-west canyon offers ample outdoor opportunities for hiking and primitive camping. Some of the geological features you can find on a hike in San Lorenzo Canyon are arches, shelter caves, and interesting rock formations — there is something interesting around every corner. The cottonwoods indicate there may have been a reliable water source at one time in the area. The area is a longtime favorite winter and driving destination of both the New Mexico Carriage Club and the Rio Grande Mule and Donkey Association. The area has remnants of old ranches and homesteads; springs and tiny creeks also are hidden in the canyon bottoms and washes.

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