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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Address: , Nageezi, NM 87037
Phone Number: 505-786-7014
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Activities: Hiking, Walking, Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings...
Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings on the continent.
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First off; get there early in the day between May and August due to the heat. Hopefully you can wrap up your visit BEFORE noon at least! I have been there at least half a dozen... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Lakewood, Colorado
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

First off; get there early in the day between May and August due to the heat. Hopefully you can wrap up your visit BEFORE noon at least! I have been there at least half a dozen times over 30 years. Every time a new 'take-away' compels me to a new peace within. Recommend: take a few minutes to learn about... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We found this location to be fascinating--a marvelous look at the Pueblo culture and architecture. The rangers in the visitors center were helpful and we highly recommend the film there. The road to Chaco is rather awful, and no signs advise the driver of what's ahead. The first part of the 21 miles is paved; most of the road is... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

If you are interested in the Ancient Puebloan culture, Chaco Canyon is the place to visit in New Mexico. I have wanted to visit this place for over twenty years and I finally had the chance to this summer. It is gorgeous! The Canyon makes my soul sing. My boyfriend and I came here to fulfill my dream. My mistake... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

As we were on our way back home from Mesa Verde, I saw signs for Chaco Canyon and thought, why not!? Now first of all, make sure you have water, maybe some snacks too. Oh and plenty of gas in your vehicle. This place is in the middle of no where. No where to stop and if you're a mom... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

13 miles of dirt road, which gets extra rough during last 6 miles or so...but was definitely worth it for me! The place had a special feel to it -- not like ruins, but like I was visiting some place still in use.

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Oakland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Chaco Canyon houses one of the pre-eminent sites of early civilization in what is now the United States. It reminds one of the wondeful people who lived in Northern New Mexico and Arizona before the European invasion. Their descendents, and others who crossed the Bering Sea land-bridge, still live in the area today. It is a long drive to Chaco... More 

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Verona, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This should be on your bucket list with Delphi and Stonehenge. It is beautiful, mysterious, educational, and fun. Hike in this fascinating park and take your best guess about why it was built, used and abandoned. It's far from town, secluded, well maintained and worth the trip.

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South Florida, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We drove hi way 57 (out of Gallup) to Chaco Canyon...this is a LONG dirt road which you can not make if it is raining unless you have 4 wheel drive. We drove in a Mercedes SUV and made the long trip with no problems. At one point we questioned our sanity but once we arrived we knew we had... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

First off this park really is out in the middle of nowhere and you have to travel down dirt and gravel roads to get there, but it is worth it. There is a loop road that goes through the park and it has several stops along the way, each containing some ruins. The first trail has some modest ruins and... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The Indian ruins here are the most extensive ones we have seen! After a stop at the Visitor Center to get our pass, we really enjoyed the 9-mile loop to see lots of ruins! The roads to get to and from this national treasure are 20 - 30 miles of dirt, depending on from which direction you approach. The roads... More 

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