Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

A special tour of Pueblo Bonito directed by Archaeologist, Dr. Ruth Van Dyke
IMG 5216 copy  Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best known Great House in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, was built by ancestral Pueblo people and occupied between AD 828 and 1126. IMG 4970  Dr. Ruth Van Dyke, a renowned Chacoan scholar from Binghamton University, led the AiA tour of Chaco Canyon. She stands in front of Pueblo Bonito. IMG 4984  Jim Shaffner, Jim Wolcott, Linda Wolcott, Ann Cox, Pueblo Bonito. IMG 4996  Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best known Great House in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, was built by ancestral Pueblo people and occupied between AD 828 and 1126. IMG 5004  The largest kiva in Pueblo Bonito. Dr. Ruth Van Dyke at the edge. IMG 5035  Dennis Cox, Ann Cox, Dr. Ruth Van Dyke in a Pueblo Bonito room.
IMG 5045  Room and windows Pueblo Bonito. IMG 5030  Marie Garcia Shaffner, Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon. IMG 5060 IMG 5070  Gale Doyle IMG 5073 IMG 4975  Ann Cox and Marie Garcia Shaffner Pueblo Bonito, Chaco, Canyon
IMG 4979  Jim Wolcott Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon IMG 5016 IMG 5015  Dr. Leslie Cohen, Pueblo Bonito. chaco doors  A very popular photo of Pueblo Bonito. This photo actually identifies Pueblo Bonito. A photographers favorite subject world wide "The Doors of Pueblo Bonito." IMG 5049  A very popular photo of Pueblo Bonito. This photo actually identifies Pueblo Bonito. A photographers favorite subject world wide "The Doors of Pueblo Bonito." IMG 5059  Dr. Leslie Cohen and Jim Shaffner in a large room of Pueblo Bonito. Leslie planned and orgnized the Chaco Canyon tour.
IMG 5093  Chetro Ketl is one of the largest pueblos in Chaco Canyon located about one-quarter mile southeast of Pueblo Bonito. It contained over 500 rooms and 12 kivas including a great kiva within the central courtyard. In the cliffs behind the ruin are ancient stairways that lead to prehistoric roadways to Pueblo Alto and other outlying communities. IMG 5078  Chetro Ketl is one of the largest pueblos in Chaco Canyon located about one-quarter mile southeast of Pueblo Bonito. It contained over 500 rooms and 12 kivas including a great kiva within the central courtyard. In the cliffs behind the ruin are ancient stairways that lead to prehistoric roadways to Pueblo Alto and other outlying communities. IMG 5080  Chetro Ketl is one of the largest pueblos in Chaco Canyon located about one-quarter mile southeast of Pueblo Bonito. It contained over 500 rooms and 12 kivas including a great kiva within the central courtyard. In the cliffs behind the ruin are ancient stairways that lead to prehistoric roadways to Pueblo Alto and other outlying communities. IMG 5081  Chetro Ketl kiva used for ceremonial reasons. The columns that supported the roof are almost four feet in diameter, hauled from the Chusca Mountains 50 miles distant. Quite a feat, considering the Chacoans didn't have the wheel. IMG 5099  Dr. Ruth Van Dyke near the back wall of Chetro Ketl. IMG 5098  Sharon Gross left and Dr. Ruth Van Dyke standing next to Chetro Ketl.
IMG 5114  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. IMG 5123  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. IMG 5138  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. The cliff face was used to sharpen tools which are what the cut marks are on the sandstone. IMG 5132  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. The cliff face was used to sharpen tools which are what the cut marks are on the sandstone. IMG 5133  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. The cliff face was used to sharpen tools which are what the cut marks are on the sandstone. IMG 5139  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. The cliff face was used to sharpen tools which are what the cut marks are on the sandstone.
IMG 5137  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. The cliff face was used to sharpen tools which are what the cut marks are on the sandstone. IMG 5135  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. The cliff face was used to sharpen tools which are what the cut marks are on the sandstone. IMG 5134  Petroglyphs on the cliff face between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. The cliff face was used to sharpen tools which are what the cut marks are on the sandstone. IMG 5146  Dinner in Bloomfield, New Mexico after the first day at Chaco Canyon. L-R Gary Moore, Dr. Leslie Cohen, Sharon Gross, Jim Shaffner, Marie Garcia Shaffner, Gale Doyel. IMG 5154  The beginning of a very steep climb through an eight foot wide, 128 foot vertical climb through a crevice in the cliff face behind Kin Kletso. The climb to the mesa top produced magnificent views of Kin Kletso, Pueblo Del Arroyo and Pueblo Bonito. After viewing the three building the group headed northeast to view New Alto and Pueblo Alto. IMG 5156  The group climbing through the crivice behind Kin Kletso to the North Mesa.
IMG 5164  The group climbing through the crivice behind Kin Kletso to the North Mesa. IMG 5168  The group climbing through the crivice behind Kin Kletso to the North Mesa. IMG 5169  The group climbing through the crivice behind Kin Kletso to the North Mesa. IMG 5180  Kin Kletso contained around 55 rooms, four ground-floor kivas, and a two-story cylindrical tower that may have functioned as a kiva or religious center. Evidence of an obsidian production industry were discovered here. The house was erected between 1125 AD and 1130 AD. IMG 5192  Dr. Ruth Van Dyke stands inside one of 16 stone circles on the north rim of Chaco Canyon. This one is at at the cliff edge above Publo Del Arroyo. IMG 5199  L-R Gary Moore, Jim Shaffner.
IMG 5194  Joyce Krause, Linda McRee, Joyce Gross, Gary Moore, Jim Shaffner, on the North Mesa listening to Dr. Ruth Van Dyke give a talk about the circles found at various places around Chaco Canyon. ruth van dyke  Dr. Ruth Van Dyke. IMG 5205  Joyce Krause, Linda McRee, Joyce Gross, Gary Moore, Jim Shaffner, on the North Mesa listening to Dr. Ruth Van Dyke give a talk about the circles found at various places around Chaco Canyon. IMG 5210  Pueblo Del Arroyo built between 1050 and 1075 AD and completed in the early 12th century, it is located near Pueblo Bonito at a drainage outlet known as South Gap. Pueblo del Arroyo is the only site in Chaco Canyon that has a tri-wall structure. IMG 5217 8 9 tonemapped copy  Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best known Great House in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, was built by Ancestral Pueblo people and occupied between AD 828 and 1126. IMG 5236  Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best known Great House in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, was built by Ancestral Pueblo people and occupied between AD 828 and 1126.
IMG 5241 IMG 5263  Sharon Gross standing on the cliff above the Cliff Palace overlook. IMG 5279  Dr. Ruth Van Dyke  and Marie Garcia Sgaffner IMG 5277  Jim Shaffner and Marie Garcia Shaffner on the cliff face above Pueblo Bonito. Jim Wethrill Shaffner's grandfather first began excavations in Chaco Canyon in 1896 at Pueblo Bonito. IMG 5275  Jim Shaffner and Marie Garcia Shaffner on the cliff face above Pueblo Bonito. IMG 5249  L-R Kathy McRee, Joyce Krause, Marie Garcia Shaffner, Gary Moore, Sharon Gross, Dr. Ruth Van Dyke. Pueblo Bonito is in the background.
IMG 5248 IMG 5260 IMG 5266  Jim Shaffner on the cliff above Pueblo Bonito. Jim is the grandson of Richard Wetherill who first  began excavations of Pueblo Bonito in 1896. IMG 5270  Dr. Ruth Van Dyke and Jim Shaffner, Pueblo Bonito is in the background. IMG 5264  Gary Moore, Cliff Palace is in the background. IMG 5295 6 7 tonemapped  Chetro Ketl is one of the largest pueblos in Chaco Canyon located about one-quarter mile southeast of Pueblo Bonito. It contained over 500 rooms and 12 kivas including a great kiva within the central courtyard. In the cliffs behind the ruin are ancient stairways that lead to prehistoric roadways to Pueblo Alto and other outlying communities.
IMG 5283.1  Chetro Ketl is one of the largest pueblos in Chaco Canyon located about one-quarter mile southeast of Pueblo Bonito. It contained over 500 rooms and 12 kivas including a great kiva within the central courtyard. In the cliffs behind the ruin are ancient stairways that lead to prehistoric roadways to Pueblo Alto and other outlying communities. remnant ancient chaco road  Remenant Chacoan road. This road a 20 foot wide section of the North Chacoan Road is an example of a 31 mile road that is exactly north and straight as an arrow. The Chaco people cleared all brush, rocks and sometimes created staircases, causeways and ramps for some of these roads. chaco4  Pueblo Alto on the North Mesa above Chaco Canyon. chaco6  New Alto on the North Mesa above the Chaco Canyon, it is just west of Pueblo Alto a hundred yards. chaco7  Pueblo Alto looking through south gap of Chaco Canyon. Hosta Butte in the horizon. IMG 5356  Sharon Gross descending from the north mesa into crevace that leads to the canyon floor.
IMG 5359  Sharon Gross descending from the north mesa into crevace that leads to the canyon floor. IMG 5367  Gary Moore giving a little assistance on the way down crevice. IMG 5371  Gary Moore giving a little assistance on the way down crevice. IMG 5374  Dr. Ruth Van Dyke descending the 300 foot crevice to the canyon floor behind Kin Kletso. IMG 5375  Dr. Ruth Van Dyke descending the 300 foot crevice to the canyon floor behind Kin Kletso. IMG 5383  Descending from the north mesa to the canyon floor.
IMG 5379  Descending from the north mesa to the valley floor. IMG 5380  This area of the descent is where the group photographer almost tumbled over the cliff after taking this photo. With camera in hand and walking sticks planted on a stone, one of his telescoping walking sticks collapsed sending him airborne and potentially over the cliff, if it hadn't been for the young tourist from Europe that caught him in mid-flight. Valuable lesson learned, always check your gear to make sure it's functioning properly. IMG 5385  Descending from the north mesa to the canyon floor. IMG 5388  Descending from the north mesa to the canyon floor. IMG 5398  L-R Sharon Gross, Jim Shaffner, Dr. Ruth Van Dyke, Joyce Krause, Kathy McRee, Gary Moore, Marie Garcia Shaffner. All standing behind Kin Kletso after returning from the North Mesa Hike.