Stargaze at Albuquerque's Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Expert travel guide Angelisa Murray, from Heritage Inspirations tours, shares the best parts of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, located outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, sits under some of the darkest skies in North America. It’s also the ancestral homeland of a Paleoindian tribe that used sacred geometry to construct their pueblos. Expert travel guide Angelisa Murray, from Heritage Inspirations tours, shares the best parts of the UNESCO World Heritage site, from stargazing to glamping.
As one of 75 International Dark Sky Parks, Chaco Canyon offers some of the best views of the night sky in the U.S. A new moon will reveal eye-popping visuals of the Milky Way.
Photography by Amanda Powell
There aren’t any gift shops near the glamping sites in the upper reaches of Chaco Canyon, but the memory foam beds inside each tent, and the nightly four-course meals should make up for that.
The ancestral homes of Native Americans were built to align with the sun. During the spring and fall equinox, the park allows visitors to experience the sun beaming through the doorways of these traditional Puebloan structures.