Nasario García, author and scholar, is a native of the Río Puerco valley. He writes, "There is no better way to learn of the Hispano's lifestyle in rural New Mexico than to travel to the Río Puerco valley. A stop at my village of Guadalupe,
Tom Windes field work began in the Chama River valley, N.M. at the UNM field school in 1969 and continued with the U.S. Forest Service in Utah. A year later, he began work on the Chaco Project, a long term archeological research project of the National Park Service and the University of New Mexico. He is retired but continues to research Chacoan chronology, settlement and origins.
Guadalupe Ruin is a single story, 50-room masonry pueblo. It sits 160 feet above the Rio Puerco Valley floor on an isolated sandstone mesa, between the Tapia and Salado Canyons. The area is dotted with volcanic plugs, high mesas, Cabezon Peak and a history of Chacoan great-house settlements and Hispanic Villages.
The cost is $75, $70 for MMA members, with a $10 optional fee for van service. UNM tuition remission accepted. Tour leaves from the Maxwell Museum at 8 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
For more information and reservations, call (505) 277-1400.