Christmas Tree Ruin

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Christmas Tree Ruin (LA 11097)
Nearest city Farmington, New Mexico
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
MPS Navajo--Refugee Pueblo TR
NRHP Reference # 86003646[1]
NMSRCP # 361
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 21, 1987
Designated NMSRCP February 20, 1975

The Christmas Tree Ruin is an archaeological site containing a Navajo pueblito, a defensive structure built in a high cliff wall approximately 200 feet above the floor of Gobernador Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, United States. The ruin, which is believed to have been built by the Navajo, dates to the 18th century, and was probably used for defensive, storage, and habitation purposes.

The site is situated on a ledge and within a rock shelter. The ruin consists of a walled rock shelter and a burned rock pile. The walled area is accessible only by ladder.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  • Defensive Sites Of Dinetah by Margaret A. Powers and Byron P. Johnson. New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Cultural Resources Series No. 2, 1987.