Chaco Culture National Historical Park is situated in a remote canyon cut by the Chaco Wash, about 159 miles (256 km) northwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s an accredited dark sky park, claimed to be “home to many ancient wonders including the ruins of a civilization that thrived over a thousand years ago” by the International Dark Sky Association. The park is exemplary in its public outreach efforts, holding numerous educational programs and events on dark skies and astronomy, and features a public observatory — details may be found via their website. Camping is also available in all variations: tent, RV, glamping, and more. Today, amidst this ancient landscape, visitors can experience the same dark sky that the Chacoans observed a thousand years ago. For more information, visit online or call Visitor Information at 505-786-7014 x 221.
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