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Aztec Ruins National Monument

 thumbnail - Striped stonework at Aztec Ruin

Decorative horizontal bands of dark stone adorn the outer walls of the Aztec Ruin pueblo. This is the West Ruin, which had perhaps 400 rooms and stood three stories high.

Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico

May 8, 2014
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 thumbnail - Roofless rooms and aligned doorways at Aztec Ruin

Masonry walls at Aztec Ruins usually consist of outer layers of squared stones with an inner layer of rubble between. The small round holes are for roof/floor beams. Continual remodeling is suggested by bricked up doorways and a variety of stonework patterns.

Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico

May 8, 2014
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 thumbnail - Family kiva and great kiva at Aztec Ruins

A medium size "family" kiva stands in the plaza next to the restored great kiva

Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico

May 8, 2014
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 thumbnail - The restored great kiva at Aztec Ruin

Archeologist Earl Morris, original excavator of Aztec Ruins pueblo in 1921, returned in 1934 to restore the great kiva to what was thought to be its original form. It is a very impressive structure and gives an idea of what kivas might have been like in the days when the pueblos were occupied.

Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico

May 8, 2014
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Bandelier National Monument

 thumbnail - Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon

Ruins of the Tyuonyi Pueblo on the flat floor of Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

October 17, 2009
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Bandelier National Monument

 thumbnail - Talus Ruins Trail at Bandelier

The trail up the cliffside to the Talus Ruins at Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

October 17, 2009
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Bandelier National Monument

 thumbnail - Cave Dwellings at Bandelier

Some of the ancient dwellings at Bandleier utilize both natural and man-made caves in the soft rock

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

October 17, 2009
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 thumbnail - Storage Caves and Ruins in Frijoles Canyon

The cliff above the Long House ruins in Frijoles Canyon is pockmarked with holes used for storage , Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

October 17, 2009
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Capulin Volcano National Monument

 thumbnail - Capulin Mountain from the plains to the south

Capulin Mountain from the plains to the south

, New Mexico

May 29, 2003
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 thumbnail - On the north rim of Capulin Volcano

On the north rim of Capulin Volcano

, New Mexico

May 29, 2003
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

 thumbnail - Natural entrance to Carlsbad Cavern

A broad paved trail switchbacks steeply down into the natural entrance to Carlsbad Cavern

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

April 7, 2014
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Carlsbad Above Ground

 thumbnail - Hall of the Giants, with two huge stalagmites, Carlsbad Caverns

Hall of the Giants, with two huge stalagmites, Carlsbad Caverns

, New Mexico

January 3, 2003
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 thumbnail - Entering the Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns

Entering the Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns

, New Mexico

January 3, 2003
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 thumbnail - The snack bar and souvenir stand, 750 feet underground in Carlsbad Caverns

The snack bar and souvenir stand, 750 feet underground in Carlsbad Caverns

, New Mexico

January 3, 2003
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Chaco Culture National Historic Park

 thumbnail - Stormy weather on the north Chaco road

There are two roads to Chaco across the Navajo Reservation, both of them long and unpaved. It is surprising that so many people persevere and make it to Chaco. We had some interesting weather on our drive out.

between Pueblo Pintado and Chaco on the Navajo Indian Reservation, New Mexico

May 8, 2014
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Chaco Culture

 thumbnail - Threatening Rock at the edge of Pueblo Bonito

The ancient inhabitants of Chaco were well aware of the hazard posed by this 97-foot tall leaning slab of detached cliff, and propped it up with masonry walls. Threatening Rock finally fell in 1941, long after abandonment of the pueblo.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

May 8, 2014
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Pueblo Bonito Ruin

 thumbnail - A great kiva at Pueblo Bonito

One of four great kivas at Pueblo Bonito (out of 21 in all of Chaco) this shows the characteristic Chacoan features of four post holes, two rectangular floor vaults, circumferential bench, central fire pit, and entry through a gap in the north wall (not through the roof).

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

May 8, 2014
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Pueblo Bonito Ruin

 thumbnail - Aligned doorways at Pueblo Bonito

This room shows neat stonework, large holes for second story floorbeams (some with wood still in them), and aligned doorways into adjacent rooms. The small dark doorway leads into a room with an intact ceiling/floor.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

May 8, 2014
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Pueblo Bonito Ruin

 thumbnail - The talus houses against the cliff behind Chetro Ketl

The talus houses against the cliff behind Chetro Ketl

, New Mexico

May 26, 2003
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Chetro Ketl Ruin

 thumbnail - On the west edge of the Kin Kletso ruin, Chaco

On the west edge of the Kin Kletso ruin, Chaco

, New Mexico

May 26, 2003
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Kin Kletso and Del Arroyo Ruins

 thumbnail - Tsin Kletzin ruin, on the mesa above Chaco Canyon

Tsin Kletzin ruin, on the mesa above Chaco Canyon

, New Mexico

May 25, 2003
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El Malpais National Monument

 thumbnail - Sandstone Bluffs Viewpoint

Viewpoint atop sandstone bluffs overlooking the lava flows at El Malpais National Monument

El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

October 18, 2009
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 thumbnail - Lava Flows at El Malpais

Ridges, depressions and huge cracks in the lava flows at El Malpais National Monument

, New Mexico

October 18, 2009
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El Morro National Monument

 thumbnail - Inscription Rock, afternoon, El Morro

Inscription Rock, afternoon, El Morro

, New Mexico

May 30, 2003
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Zuni Pueblo and El Morro

 thumbnail - Don Juan de Onate's 1603 inscription

Don Juan de Onate's 1603 inscription "Paso Por Aqui"at El Morro

, New Mexico

May 30, 2003
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