Welcome to Chaco Canyon

Neil Judd was one of the first to excavate Chaco Canyon. After he discovered the legendary turquoise necklace in Pueblo Bonito, he wrote:

“I cannot adequately describe the thrill of that discovery.   It was so unexpected, so unforeseen.  A casual scrape of a trowel across the ash-strewn floor, a stroke as mechanical as a thousand other strokes made every day, exposed the long-hidden treasure…..”

Now, for the first time ever, you can re-create the thrill of that discovery in Chaco Canyon on any Mac or PC computer. The program has 14 full 3D recreations of Great Houses and important buildings, over 40 faithfully recreated Anasazi artifacts, and a special bonus… A functioning Sun Dagger!

What was Chaco Canyon?

Chaco Canyon during the years 850-1150 AD is perhaps the most fascinating chapter in Southwest USA history. The fate of the mysterious, “vanished” Anasazi Indians intrigues scientists and visitors to this day. Their tremendous achievements can be found in many places, including the spectacular cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park. But the crest of the Anasazi wave was Chaco Canyon, a shallow, windswept wash in northwest New Mexico. Here in Chaco Canyon, 1,000 years ago, strange and unexplained events unfolded. Now, for the first time ever, explore a 3D model of Chaco Canyon, relive historic excavations, and access a stunning recreation of the legendary Sun Dagger astronomical site.

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The Chaco Canyon Video Game / Computer simulation will be released approximately 26 March, 2017. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be informed of progress, receive previews, and updates.

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3D Digital Reconstruction of the Sun Dagger at Chaco Canyon

Of all the treasures held within Chaco Canyon, the Sun Dagger may be the most enigmatic. A spiral petroglyph tucked behind three huge sandstone slabs proved to be one of the most sophisticated pre-historic calendars known. It was discovered by artist Anna Sofaer in 1977, and was well documented and commemorated in the “Mystery of …

Chaco Archaeology Dig (Virtual!)

Anasazi of Chaco Canyon virtual Archaeology dig preview. Below is an image from early, testing version of the game. There are over 40 authentically replicated Anasazi objects, some of which are near exact replicas of important artifacts uncovered in Chaco Canyon. You need to excavate, but carefully, as not to damage these priceless treasures.