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