“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Church Rock in McKinley County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Chaco Cliffs

Chaco Cliffs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Maribeth Robison, May 15, 2018
1. Chaco Cliffs Marker
Inscription. Great cliffs of red sandstone form the southern boundary of the San Juan basin. The strata that are exposed here are the gently upturned edge of the structural basin which contains coal, uranium, oil and gas resources. The Zuni mountains to the south represent the old basement rock upon which the basin strata were deposited. Elevation is 6,900 feet.
Location. 35° 31.834′ N, 108° 36.449′ W. Marker is in Church Rock, New Mexico, in McKinley County. Marker is at the intersection of I-40 Frontage Road (U.S. 66) and County Road 566, on the right when traveling west on I-40 Frontage Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Church Rock NM 87311, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gallup (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fort Wingate (approx. 5˝ miles away); Navajo Code Talkers (approx. 7˝ miles away); In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans (approx. 8.3 miles away).
Categories. Natural Features
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2018, by Maribeth Robison of Moriarty, New Mexico. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 11, 2018, by Maribeth Robison of Moriarty, New Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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