Our National Parks: The Anasazi of Chimney Rock (Poem)
Anasazis of Chimney Rock*
High up on Chimney Rock
in southern Colorado there
is a piece of Chaco Canyon
culture far removed from
northern New Mexico built
by Chacoans 800 years ago
where only 90 days of growing
season is to be had for
corn and squash and beans.
And yet here at Chimney Rock
lived the very northern-most
Chacoans in beautifully built
walls of stone, leveled with chips
high above mountains and mesas
to the south with views northward
to the snowy San Juan Mountains.
Why did they come so far north
except to establish an outpost
for trading materials needed in
the south such as medicine from
mountain herbs or elk hide and
dried bighorn sheep meat so rare
in distant deserts seen from above,
and seen with eyes of falcons,
fellow dwellers of Chimney Rock.
*Chimney Rock site is between Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado, 90 miles north of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It is now a national historic site.