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Fajada Butte, Nageezi

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Fajada Butte is a butte in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, in northwest New Mexico.

Fajada Butte (Banded Butte) rises 135 meters above the canyon floor. Although there is no water source on the butte, there are ruins of small cliff dwellings in the higher regions of the butte. Analysis of fragments of pottery found on Fajada show that these structures were used between the 10th to 13th centuries.

The remains of a 95-meter-high, 230-meter-long ramp are evident on the southwestern face of the butte (Ford 1993, p. 478). The magnitude of this building project, without an apparent utilitarian purpose, indicates that Fajada Butte may have had considerable ceremonial importance for the Chacoan people.

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  • This Butte is one of the first things you see when entering the canyon complex. The visitors center gives you a good look at it. Not as impressive as Monument Valley but it is captivating.  more »
  • Although this mesa is impressive as a geological feature when viewed from the road, it's hidden significance as the location of an astronomical calendar for the ancient Chacoan people is fascinating.....  more »

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