Chacoan and Mesa Verde building styles are represented at Lowry Pueblo on Trail of the Ancients

& History
Along the Trail

Lowry Pueblo

Named for homesteader George Lowry, this site is typical of the medium-sized pueblos that once dotted the Montezuma Valley.

Lowry Pueblo had a total of about 40 rooms and 8 kivas at its peak in the early 11th century, and was home to approximately 100 people. The pueblo was arranged in a roughly rectangular block, with some portions reaching as high as three stories. A great kiva, constructed outside the eastern limits of the village, is nearly 50 feet in diameter.

Unlike most sites, two different cultural traditions are evident at Lowry. Portions of the pueblo are similar to early styles of Chacoan architecture and later additions are more characteristic of those styles found at Mesa Verde. Lowry was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967 and in 2000 became part of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.