Hosta Butte

Hosta Butte is an ancestral site in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. Along with Gobernador Knob and Huérfano Mountain, it forms part of the Dinétah, considered to be the birthplace of early Navajo culture.[1] The mountain, with an elevation of 8,622 feet (2,628 m), is in close proximity to Crownpoint, New Mexico. Due to its prominence in the cosmography of Native tribes in the area, the mountain contains a number of small shrines.[2] In 1877, photographer William Henry Jackson named the butte in honor of Francisco Hosta, who guided him to the Ancestral Puebloan ruins in Chaco Canyon.[3]

Uranium mining is exploited in the area, over some 3,020 acres, and forms part of the Grants Uranium Belt.[4]


  1. Carmean, Kelli (1 January 2002). Spider Woman Walks this Land: Traditional Cultural Properties and the Navajo Nation. Rowman Altamira. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-7591-0244-6.
  2. Goodchild, Michael F.; Janelle, Donald G. (20 December 2003). Spatially Integrated Social Science. Oxford University Press. p. 420. ISBN 978-0-19-028828-0.
  3. Vivian & Hilpert 2012, pp. 150–52.
  4. "Crownpoint & Hosta Butte". Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  • Vivian, R. Gwinn; Hilpert, Bruce (2012), The Chaco Handbook: An Encyclopedic Guide (2 ed.), University of Utah Press, ISBN 978-1-60781-195-4

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