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Chaco became part of the US national park system (as a national monument) in 1907 and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. The park is one of twenty World Heritage sites in the USA.

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Access a current weather report for Chaco Culture from the National Weather Service. Read More

Earth Notes: Around Chaco Canyon, a Different Kind of Energy Boom
How the Antiquities Act has expanded the national park system
Groups Support Rejection Of Fracking Near New Mexico's Chaco Canyon

Chacoan Roads

Dark Skies / International Dark Sky Park


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EcoFlight Overflight of Chaco Canyon




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World Heritage Site

In 1987 Chaco Culture was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an outstanding example of world cultural patrimony.

For over 2,000 years, Pueblo peoples occupied a vast region of the south-western United States. Chaco Canyon, a major centre of ancestral Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250, was a focus for ceremonials, trade and political activity for the prehistoric Four Corners area. Chaco is remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings and its distinctive architecture – it has an ancient urban ceremonial centre that is unlike anything constructed before or since. In addition to the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the World Heritage property includes the Aztec Ruins National Monument and several smaller Chaco sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management.