Ghost Ranch is a place of magnificent natural beauty. It is comprised of deep, multicolored canyons and cliffs, plains, grasslands and streams. The Ranch is located on the far eastern end of the Colorado Plateau. Its colorful rock formations are a result of it escaping the infamous uplift of the Laramide Orogeny and subsequent erosion events.
Its rocks span 130 million years of ancient geological history, representing lakes, floodplains, and deserts. Fossils illuminate the beginning of the age of the dinosaur in North America and provide a new paradigm of how they took over terrestrial ecosystems for the next 150 million years. Ghost Ranch’s archaeological record predates adobe walls and kivas; its hearths and other sites date back 6,000 BCE, or 8,000 years ago.
Indigenous peoples were likely drawn to the sacred nature of the area, as well as the diverse resources of the landscape. Later colonizers from other lands, including artists, adventurers, and entrepreneurs were attracted by the stunning beauty.
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Goals and Objectives are based in understanding Native climate sensitivity
Native communities are among the most climate-sensitive groups within the Northwest, Southern and Eastern regions of the United States.