The Anasazi of Chaco Canyon: Greatest Mystery of the American Southwest

The Anasazi of Chaco Canyon: Greatest Mystery of the American Southwest

by Kyle Widner


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Perhaps the most fascinating chapter in Southwest history is the tale of the mysterious, "vanished" Anasazi Indians. Their tremendous achievements can be found in many places, including the spectacular cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park. But the crest of the Anasazi wave was in Chaco Canyon, a shallow, windswept wash in northwest New Mexico. Here, 1,000 years ago, strange and unexplained events unfolded; events which continue to intrigue scientists and visitors today.

During the years 850-1150 AD, multi-story buildings comparable in size to the Roman Coliseum were constructed. Advanced astronomy, water works, and agriculture flourished. Exotic artifacts from Central America were traded over routes spanning thousands of miles. And after 300 years, they carefully sealed everything up, left, and never returned.

The Anasazi of Chaco Canyon offers insight into the unknowns of the "Chaco Phenomenon", including the story of Kyle's journey of discovery. In addition, it draws on the latest research, personal experiences, and interpretations of oral traditions, leading the reader to a startling conclusion.

Influenced by the writings of Edward Abbey and James Michener, Kyle Widner is a desert wanderer, amateur Anasazi ruins hunter, and internet business expert in his spare time. He lives in Boulder City, Nevada with his wife Jean, two golden retrievers, and two cats. This book is the companion guide to an educational video game and 3D computer simulation of Chaco Canyon for Mac and PC computers. Learn more at

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692740026
Publisher: Anasazi of Chaco Canyon: The Greatest True Mys
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 482,508
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

With a diverse business and personal background, Kyle Widner has gone from professional baseball prospect, to US Air Force officer, to internet entrepreneur. He has built and sold two internet based businesses; an e-commerce network to the RAF private equity group in 2008, and a biofeedback software company to Unyte Health of Canada in 2016. He current is developing historical and educational 3D computer simulations of Chaco Canyon and other areas. Learn more at

Kyle holds an MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.

He lives in Boulder City, Nevada, with his wife, two rescue cats, and two golden retrievers. An avid hiker and backpacker, he makes several trips per year to the four corners region, where he finds sources of inspiration everywhere around him.

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