& Pueblo Bonito Gallery
images were captured at Chaco Culture National Historic Park in
northwestern New Mexico, in the Four Corners region of the American
Southwest. Spending several days in the canyon is a little like
taking a trip back in time. When I visited, there were very few
other visitors, and many of the ruins I explored and photographed
had no other people in them.
The heart of the
park is Chaco Canyon, where you can explore numerous well-preserved
great house ruins of the Chacoan culture. The Chacoans abandoned
Chaco Canyon and eventually formed the Pueblo, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo,
and other tribes throughout the Southwest.
If you visit,
prepare yourself for a 20 or 30 mile drive on corduroy road, once
you leave the main highway. Depending on the season and your luck,
the road may be flooded and impassable in places. Once you enter
the park, it's smooth going.