New Mexico isn’t as traveled as it bordering states, but has a rich Native American history and often unexplored wilderness. The natives learned how to battle with the desert conditions and created trade routes all over the state. On this unique camping trip explore the rich history of New Mexico's Native American culture. There is evidence that Native Americans have inhabited New Mexico for over 2,500 years. Early ancestral Indians lived for centuries as hunter-gatherers throughout the Southwest. About 1,500 years ago some of these groups, commonly referred to today as the Anasazi, began practicing agriculture and established permanent settlements, which are now known as pueblos.
After we meet our fellow travelers and Tusker guides we drive out of Albuquerque for an hour into the desert to visit Acoma Sky City. This mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. A federally recognized Native American Tribe, Acoma Pueblo is home to over 5000 tribal members and with more than 250 dwellings, none of which have electricity, sewer or water. The Pueblo is regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Access to the pueblo is difficult as the faces of the mesa are sheer, in the past the only way to get to the pueblo was by hand-cut into the sandstone staircases. We will meet a local native who will guide us through the city and offers insight on Acoma’s living history and culture. Permanent exhibits in the main hall take visitors on a historical journey of the Acoma Pueblo. We will enjoy our lunch at the Sky City.
We continue our explorations of native ruins by visiting one of US most remote National Parks; Chaco Culture National Historic Park, a World Heritage Site. After a 2,5 hour bumpy dirt road ride we made it into the canyon. Chaco Culture is a network of archaeological sites which preserves outstanding elements of a vast pre-Columbian cultural complex that dominated much of what is now the southwestern United States from the mid-9th to early 13th centuries. These sites were a focus for ceremonies, trade, and political activity and they are remarkable for their monumental public and ceremonial buildings and distinctive multi-storey “great houses.” Your guide will take you along the ruins and hike upon a mesa to see the large structures from above. We will stay in the park on a primitive campsite, the camp host will manage the camp and prepare a great meal. In the evening we can stargaze and enjoy a night walk in the park.