Chaco Canyon NM is a special place. This ceremonial center led "Ancient Ones" Anasazi to the middle of the desert on pilgrimage in honor of solar and lunar events. They laid out their greathouses in conjunction with astronomical events that are simply amazing for today's builders, but this happened well over 1,000 years ago here in ancient America. I urge you to grab a tea or coffee and watch this amazing video that starts to unfold some of the incredible archeoastronomy that occurred in our desert SW. I also encourage you to visit--I'll be setting up a trip later this fall. https://vimeo.com/79020126
Above, the only campsite within hours of the park. Below, Fajada Butte, home of the Sun Dagger which precisely illuminates a dagger on a spiral pictograph during each year's highest sun on the Solstice and Equinox! Below that is a closer look at the Sun Dagger site.
The bases of these temples / greathouses are all straight and align with another greathouse somewhere across the canyon out of viewing distance. These pairs align with the Solar minimum, maximum, Lunar minimum, maximum and other celestial events.
Due to conscientious visitors and strict rules, no collecting of anything (other than pictures) is allowed. There are parts of the park that are littered with pottery shards--this wouldn't be available unless every visitor came with an ethical mindset!
This natural jukebox was incredible, he sang us about 10 different tunes and had no intentions of stopping. We were sitting in the shade, enjoying some of nature's best tunes, and looking at amazing rock art! Now that's a camp trip!
The masonry was amazing and different from building to building. There were also fossils everywhere, this was a three foot long + coral fossil.
Hit me up if you would like more information about the trip. If you're into camping I'd highly recommend going in spring or fall (it is in the desert and unless you like the dry heat, summer is not the time to camp).