Travel over the prosperous history of New Mexico’s Native American culture.
There is an affirmation that Native Americans have occupied New Mexico for over 2,500 years. Some of these groups often referred to today as the Anasazi, began doing agriculture and established permanent settlements, which are now known as pueblos about 1,500 years ago.
This way of life sustained well until the 19th century for some New Mexican tribes. Visit these monuments, parks, and sites and explore the rich history of New Mexico’s Native American culture.
Aztec Ruins National Monument
From the 1100s through 1200s, the Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwest New Mexico maintains structures and artifacts of Ancestral Pueblo people.
Bandelier National Monument
Once inhabited by the ancestors of present-day Pueblo Indians, move forward to the extensive backcountry in north-central New Mexico. You can hike, camp, and explore at leisure the lands and dwellings.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chaco Canyon was the heart of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area which is a major center of Ancestral Puebloan culture.
El Morro National Monument
A sought-after campsite in western New Mexico, a dependable waterhole hidden at its base made El Morro. Spanish, and later, Americans passed by El Morro which started in the late 1500s.
Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument
Offering a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollón culture is the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in southwestern New Mexico. From the 1280s through the early 1300s, these people lived in the Gila Wilderness.
Petroglyph National Monument
Protecting a variety of cultural and natural resources is the Petroglyph National Monument west of Albuquerque in central New Mexico. These resources include the five volcanic cones, numbers of archeological sites and images carved by Native Americans and early Spanish settlers which counts an estimated 25,000.
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
One of the few locations in the Southwest is the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, set aside uniquely because of its rock art. Dating from 900 AD to 1400 AD, it has over 20,000 petroglyphs. This makes it one of the largest and most fascinating petroglyph sites in the Desert Southwest.
The Village of the Great Kivas
One of the main archeological sites depicts the development of Zuni culture Village of the Great Kivas. Great Kivas alongside with Yellow House, Kechipbowa and Hawihuh.
Prized for its impressive array of petroglyphs and pictographs for the Village of the Great Kivas.