pointed by the Acoma to bring back the sacred painting, absent more
than half a century. They had gone but half the distance to Laguna
when, "miracle of miracles," they found the painting of San Jose under
a tree! The Acoma believe that San Jose had already heard of the
decision and started to return, but being weary, tarried under the tree
where he was met by his jubilant people.
Junction US 66—Crownpoint—Chaco Canvon National Monument—
64.3 m. NM 164.
Graded dirt road entire distance; sharp declines over dry arroyos and washes,
bad to impassable during rainy season; dusty when dry
This route, through one of New Mexico's most important pueblo
ruins, courses a high flat country bordered with sandstone upthrusts and
cut by arroyos and hills that are sparsely covered with grama grass,
pinon and juniper. The region is vast and open, with far horizons.
NM 164 branches right from US 66, 0 m. (see Tour 6b) at a
point 17.8 miles west of Bluewater and parallels the Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe Railway for a short distance. In the first few miles great
sandstone ridges, magnificently sculptured, border the road on the left.
For the most part the land is flat with occasional hills and rugged gul-
lies, and everywhere the color is alluring, especially at sunset. Despite
the general aridity, numerous springs of clear, pure water are present,
seepages from formations in the substrata.
The Antome Indian Mission, 5.3 m., is operated under the aus-
pices of the Christian Reformed Church. Winding northward, the
highway courses over valley country, flanked again by hilly country-
Towerlike Kinyai Ruin (Navaho, tall house), 23.5 m., is the
ruin (R) of a pueblo believed to have been constructed by peoples
affiliated with those of Chaco Canyon. Surrounding the ruins are re-
mains of a well-defined Navaho irrigation system, two reservoirs, and a
main canal 25 to 30 feet wide and in several sections 3 feet deep.
CROWN POINT, 26.3 m. (523 pop.), is at the edge of a plain,
surrounded by low-lying hills opening at the north end of Devil's Can-
yon, three miles from the crown-shaped butte for which it was named.
Before all the Navaho subagencies were consolidated at Window Rock,
Arizona, this was the seat of the Eastern Navaho Agency; it still has
a United States Indian School.