The scientific tourist #188 — one more thing about Chaco Canyon

Before our recent trip through Chaco, I re-acquainted myself with some slides I took on a trip back in 1981. I thought a comparison of 1981 images to 2011 images might prove interesting.

It turns out that my hunch was accurate. A comparison of before-and-after shots can be interesting, and sometimes more than a little sad.

Here’s the original sign for Pueblo Bonito, in 1981 (a scanned and cleaned up slide):

Pueblo Bonito

Meanwhile, here’s the same sign a few months ago:

Pueblo Bonito sign

Sad to see what 30 years of tourism can do to a place. Should you get the chance to visit Chaco Canyon, please try to behave yourself.

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