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The Great Kiva at Chetro Ketl in Chaco Canyon, NM. No. 15 in an on-going series on the Ancient Puebloans, most commonly called the Ancestral Puebloans or Anasazi. These are ruins of the Great Houses of the Ancient Puebloan People dating back to the 11 century C.E. You need a Special Use Permit (SUP), and must be accompanied by a ranger to go there at night.

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The towering hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park. Panorama. Low Level Lighting used with 2 Ceneriod light panels.

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