13 October: Chaco canyon

We left our spot at the Apache nugget travel center early, to increase our changes on a campground site at the Chaco Canyon. A few miles north we took a left turn on to the 1790, which, after a right turn, changed in the unpaved 1791. From there It is about 10 miles to the entrance of the Canyon. It took us up to an hour, to reach the entrance.

We got the last available site at the campground, lucky us.

At the visitors center we watched a film about the canyon and its residents, the Chaco Indians, who lived there over a period of 250 years, seven hundred years ago.
It is amazingly to see what they were able to build, with no iron tools, as far as we know. They build not only building complexes but also 30 feet wide roads. They had trade contacts as far as Colombia and that only on foot. They transported approximately 240.000 trees over 50 to 60 miles by hand.  Admittedly in a time span of 250 years, but still.
Nowadays their descendants still do this, when it concerns a tree intended to be used for a sacred purpose. When doing this the tree is not allowed to touch the ground.

We climbed on to the summit of the canyon through a split in the gap wall. Quit an adventure for the girls. It gave us some incredible views.

Back at the campground we made a surprisingly discovery. The camp host we knew, she had been our camp host at the Big Bend National Park, campground Cottonwood, in April this year.