To explore the prehistoric geological sites of northwestern New Mexico, the Trail of the Ancients is the area to venture to! Drivers who take this byway have the opportunity to pass through the area where the Ancient Puebloan, Navajos, Utes and Apache people once roamed and settled. To witness the beauty of this landscape, the views of volcanic rock formations, canyons and sandstone buttes paired with recreational areas will take your breath away!
The Trail of the Ancients captures the archaeological indication of hunters and gatherers who lived in the area since 10,000 B.C. or earlier! Agricultural communities, broken pottery pieces, pictographs and tools can be found throughout the route signaling what the Native people have left behind. The landscape of this byway includes desolate deserts, grand sandstone formations, geological formations and captivating views of the untouched wilderness.
Chaco Canyon Brings A Sense of Mystery to the Remote Ceremonial Ground
For an area that will fascinate the minds of the curious are the ruins at Chaco Canyon. This primary area on the byway was known as the “ceremonial center” for Puebloan people between the time period of 850 and 1250 A.D. Along with that, the El Morro National Monument and El Malpais National Monument are not to far from here and are quite interesting to view and explore if you are a historic archaeology junkie! This route criss-crosses over main routes such as, U.S. Route 64, U.S. Route 550, NM 57, NM 122 and other county, state and Navajo Nation roads.
If you are looking for a an area to take a long, scenic drive with your travel buddies, than the Trail of the Ancients is the place to go! Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all of the ancient beauty that is there to enjoy!