Sift through ruins and explore ancient culture while learning about the indigenous history in New Mexico during an exciting two-day Chaco Canyon adventure.


The UNM STEM University is hosting a field trip to Chaco Canyon, on Saturday, Apr. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will follow the class and preperation session on Tuesday, Mar. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The registration deadline is March 17. To register, visit STEM University.

During the class and prep session, students will learn about Indigenous Design elements with a focus on Chaco Canyon.

Participants will explore ancient Indigenous design elements within the field of architecture. They will also be exposed to contemporary architecture concepts used in the canyon.

The Great Houses of Chaco Canyon are part of about 4,000 prehistoric and historic archeological sites in the park, which span more than 10,000 years of human cultural history. Through excavation, researchers can prove there was a boom between A.D. 900 and 1100, resulting in increased agriculture methods, social complexity, engineering, astronomy and economic organization. 

Chaco Canyon was designated as a national monument in 1907 to protect and preserve the site. Between 850 AD and 1250 AD, Chaco Canyon was a major center of ancestral Pueblo culture - infused with unique architecture, art, astronomy and agriculture.

For more information, visit STEM University.