I liked that ranchers were still using the canyon as a working horse thingie.
One summer month when after I transferred from Bard College to Unioversity of Colorado to study deeper cultural anthropology I did a month of training in archeology at Mesa Verde National Park with David Alan Berkernitz. I remember they took us for a break to Chaco Canyon and brought us to the archeological dumps from past digs where we could search for Mimbres pottery and tourquise. They taught us to look at ant hills because the ants would mine for the tourquoise.
In the same canyon is a fine ghost town with mud and stone structures to stay dry in the rain.