t The distinctive Gossips and towering Totem Pole red-rock spires at sunrise
Experience The Four Corners
Although it receives less than 10 inches (25 cm) of rainfall per year, this arid land has supported life since the first Paleo-Indians arrived perhaps 12,000 years ago. The people now known as the Ancestral Puebloans lived here from about AD 500 until the end of the 13th century. They were responsible for the many evocative ruins, including those at Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and Hovenweep National Monument. Their descendants include the Hopi, whose pueblos are said to be the oldest continually occupied towns in North America. The Navajo arrived here in the 15th century, and their spiritual center is Canyon de Chelly with its 1,000-ft (330-m) red rock walls. Monument Valley’s impressive landscape has been used as a backdrop for countless movies and TV shows. The region is popular for hiking, fishing, and white water rafting.