Chaco Canyon & Pueblo Bonito Gallery

These 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.


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Creek in Chaco Canyon
Wild Horses in New Mexican desert
Fajada Butte and mesas - Chaco Canyon
Pueblo Bonito
Wild Elk in Chaco Canyon

Canyons of New Mexico

Elk browsing in Chaco Canyon
Anasazi Petroglyph

Collared Lizard

Pueblo Bonito

Ancient Chacoan Wall

Pueblo Bonito Ruins

Pueblo Bonito

Three Doors at Pueblo Bonito

Great House Ruin - Pueblo Bonito

Ruins of Pueblo Bonito Great House
Ruins of Pueblo Bonito
Chaco Jackrabbit
Courtyard at Pueblo Bonito
Petroglyph at Chaco Canyon
Chacoan Petroglyph
Elk in Chaco Canyon
Wall Ruins at Pueblo Bonito
New Mexico Lizard
Chaco Canon Ruins
Doorways in Pueblo Bonito
Daniel Wend
Great House Doors
Perforated Rocks
Passageway in Pueblo Bonito
Pueblo Ruins Chaco Canyon
Pueblo Bonito Ruins
Cracks in Mud
Dissolved Rock Surface
Window to the Sky
Collared Lizard
Chaco Canyon Wall
Kivas in Chaco Canyon
Kiva at Pueblo Bonito
Photographer Daniel Wend
Gravestone of Richard Wetherill
Chaco Canyon Geology

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