New Mexico
Cultural Crossroads: Exploring Chaco Canyon and the Pueblos of Acoma and Zuni
Discover traditions of pre-Columbian America in the heart of the Southwest, where you’ll learn from members of the Pueblo tribes as they share the story of their ancient culture.
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Program No. 4058RJ
6 days
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Native American culture goes back two millennia in the Southwest, during a time when an ancient people called the Anasazi laid the cultural foundations for today's modern Pueblo tribes. Explore the ceremonial center of this culture at Chaco Culture National Historic Park and trace its history from ancient times to the arrival of the Spanish and into modern times at both Acoma and Zuni Pueblos.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to one mile on varied terrain. Uneven stone stairs in ruins. Travel to Chaco Canyon on dirt roads. Elevations up to 6,500 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the ceremonial hub of the Anasazi world on expert-led tour of Pueblo Bonito — the largest building in North America for 800 years — Chetro Ketl and numerous 1,000-year-old petroglyphs.
  • Hear the echoes of the past on a visit to the Zuni reservation accompanied by a Zuni representative.
  • At Acoma Pueblo, atop a 367-foot mesa, discover a culture continuously inhabited since A.D. 1150.
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Jerry Snow
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jerry Snow taught college classes for 25 years in the areas of biology, ecology and environmental health. He moved to Flagstaff, Arizona over 20 years ago and worked part-time for the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Lab in entomology. Jerry's interests include native and ancient cultures of the Southwest, archaeoastronomy, Southwest history, and historical character reenactment. He has been a docent with the Museum of Northern Arizona since 1994, specializing in Navajo and Hopi Indian history and culture.
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