HIKING NEW MEXICO’S CHACO CANYON
The Trails, the Ruins, the History
By James C. Wilson
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Hiking New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon is a guidebook for informed hikers who want a substantive yet accessible guide to hiking and camping at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, a World Heritage Site that the Zuni, Hopi, Acoma and other pueblos consider their ancestral homeland. The guide offers advice about what to bring to the canyon, information on camping at Chaco’s Gallo Campground, and personal accounts of hiking “Downtown Chaco” and the longer, sometimes remote mesa trails. Included is a summary of the canyon’s history before, during, and after the Ancestral Puebloan occupation, as well as an overview of current research in the canyon and a bibliography for those who want to learn more. One thousand years ago Chaco Canyon was a metropolis of massive stone structures at the center of Chaco culture. The book also includes maps and over fifty of the author’s photographs.
James C. Wilson has been hiking and camping at Chaco Canyon for more than forty years. After writing for both Santa Fe newspapers in the 1970s, Wilson taught journalism at the University of Cincinnati for thirty years, specializing in science journalism. He has published six books, including Embodied Rhetorics: Disability in Language and Culture; Weather Reports from the Autism Front: A Father’s Memoir of His Autistic Son; and Santa Fe, City of Refuge: An Improbable Memoir of the Counterculture. Retired, he lives on the West Mesa, across the Rio Grande from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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