Chaco Canyon, Part 1: Una Vida, Hungo Pavi, Chetro Ketl, Kin Kletso, and Pueblo de Arroyo

Chaco Canyon was the heart of the ancient Puebloan culture, the epicenter of religious, social, and economic life in the region between the late 800s to early 1100s AD. More than a dozen… Continue reading

Salmon Ruins, New Mexico

From Chimney Rock I drove to the Salmon Ruins, which lies along the San Juan River near Farmington, New Mexico. The first phase of construction here in 1068 – 1072 AD was limited… Continue reading

Chimney Rock National Monument, Colorado

Welcome to Archaeology Week! After visiting the Great Sand Dunes, I headed towards something marked in my atlas as “Chimney Rock Archaeological Area,” which is as of this year officially a national monument.… Continue reading

Great Sand Dunes National Park. Or, Sand in My Shoes. And My Pack. And My Shorts (?).

The National Park Service takes their resource stewardship very, very seriously and reminds visitors through ample signage not to remove or tamper with any objects, animals, or property. So I owe the NPS… Continue reading

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

After leaving Rachel at the airport, I headed south from Denver trying to get away from the rain. I was heartened as the dawn fog burned off and the morning quickly became sunny.… Continue reading

Denver Days: Downtown Aquarium and the Denver Art Museum

After determining that we wouldn’t be able to both outrun the widespread storm and the flooding – which had shut down an incredible number of roads, including interstates – and be able to… Continue reading

Rocky Mountain National Park

We had scheduled 4 days in Rocky Mountain before Rachel had to fly back home but our trip coincided with the beginnings of the thousand year storm that, as you may have heard,… Continue reading

Redstone Coke Ovens and the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Viewing Area: The Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park

One of my favorite things on this trip has been the liberty to make unplanned stops. Sometimes it’s a point of interest I see marked in my atlas as I check my route… Continue reading

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is not entirely black; the gneiss and schist layers are really more a grayish hue and are liberally dissected by veins of rose and white pegmatite. But… Continue reading

Sego Canyon: Petroglyphs and Pictographs

Driving on I-70 from Moab, we decided to stop at Thompson Springs, Utah to check out the petroglyphs of Sego Canyon. Located within 5 miles of the highway, the canyon has examples of… Continue reading