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Welcome to Indian Country, a place that holds a wealth of Native American culture. Walk in the footsteps of the Anasazi, an ancient people who lived in Chaco Canyon, now a National Historic Park featuring dramatic rock formations. Explore America's largest Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation, as well as the Zuni, Acoma, and Laguna pueblos, and the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Walk the streets of Gallup and discover the Native American arts. Witness the natural desert beauty of the Four Corners. Activity began here with Ancestral Pueblo civilizations flourishing at what are now Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the Aztec and Salmon ruins and a number of smaller sites throughout the region. These societies were extremely observant of their natural surroundings, especially the moon, the sun and the stars. At Chaco Canyon, in particular, you can witness the stone structures they created to mark the paths of these celestial bodies.
Archaeologists believe that drought ultimately forced these societies to leave in search of water. But today, some of the best trout flyfishing is found on the San Juan River, which along with the Animas, feeds Navajo Lake State Park near Farmington.
In the late 1800s, the Santa Fe Railway used the Indian culture to attract rail passengers to the West until the early 1970s when Amtrak took over. When Route 66, the first major multistate highway, was built motorists claimed the Northwest's section its most memorable.
This region is now preserved for posterity, so come learn about its deep history. Nearly every major landmark in the Northwest has some type of Native American legend connected with it. There's Mount Taylor, Ship Rock Peak, El Malpais and Cabezón Peak, as well as the Bisti Wilderness Area and the Chuska Mountains, to name a few.