Chaco Canyon: why, how and when to photograph New Mexico's 'lost city' in the sand

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon
Pueblo Bonito is the most famous ruin in Chaco Canyon. (Image credit: Jamie Carter)

All photographers are looking for something unique, a landscape that hasn't been photographed by others ad nauseam, where new perspectives and creative angles are everywhere. There is a place in the US Southwest called Chaco Canyon. It's no secret that an ancient Native American city was based here. However, despite this remote area of New Mexico being protected since 1907 – and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 – it has yet to get the world's attention. As old as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and the moai of Rapa Nui’s (Easter Island), here's everything you need to know about visiting and photographing Chaco Culture National Park

Finding Chaco Canyon

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.