On the way out of town, I saw a fixer-upper house that was for sale.
After enjoying the quietness of this sparsely populated town, I headed home. I'll be finding more ghost towns in Arizona.
After two hours of hiking, mostly uphill on the steep rocky trail, I looked over the valley through the canyon walls. This was about the three mile mark and it was as far as I had planned to go. I was contemplating the view before I started back down the trail. The flat valley below spread far into the distance, to a mountain range, which was just a dark shadow on the horizon.
Chaco includes a massive area of Anasazi Indian ruins that were abandoned before the 12th century. It is thought that the community included about 5,000 people. They built “great houses” near the sheer rock walls of a canyon. The houses were built so close to the rock walls, that some of the roof beams were imbedded in the canyon walls for support.
This area has survived quite well after all these centuries, a testament to the solid construction of this extensive area. The walls were as much as 2 feet thick in some areas, built from rocks quarried from the canyon walls.
After about an hour of uphill hiking, I began to realize that the trail went further than I figured. It seemed to go around the rock structure, and got steeper. If there’s a trail, I typically go to the end, especially if there’s going to be a great view.