Guadalupe Mesa Village
Cañyon Tapia, NM

New Mexico is unforgiving, but for about 400 years, a small village built atop Guadalupe Mesa provided shelter. Most of what we know about the people that lived here was pieced together by archaeologists that researched the site in the early 1970s. We know that there was a great house in the center of the mesa with about 25 rooms and smaller dwellings once encircled the mesa. The village is the easternmost historic Chacoan village, being some 65 miles from the famous Chaco Canyon settlement, now preserved as a National Historic Park.

In contrast, this mesa-top ruin is extremely remote and is impossible to reach without four wheel drive and experience to use it. If you have the power and suspension to handle it, this trip will bring you through several other ghost towns and near ghost-towns.