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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

PO Box 220, Nageezi, NM 87037
505-786-7014
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Nageezi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings on the continent.
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Tucson, Arizona
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I love investigating history while on vacation. This time on a fishing trip to Durango we took two side trips; one to Chaco and one to Aztec. Both are very interesting and it pretty good condition. The Chaco one requires much more walking than the Aztec one but if that doesn't bother you, try and see both. It's worthwhile to... More

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The road in is bad. But that is the only bad thing. Make sure to explore some of the trails, not just the ruins on the road. It is amazing what this civilization did. Just look at the masonry and how thin the walls are and how long they have stood. Wish we had craftsmen like that now!

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Norman, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This was an unexpected trip. I expected adobe brick structures. It is not. Will not give it away, but work the trip. They have some of the biggest structures I have ever seen. Easy hikes all about a mile or less. No real elevation change. Very easy hikes.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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262 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

There are several Pueblo ruins throughout the park. Una Vida is a short walk from the visitor's center. The two main sites are Chetro Ketl and Pueblo Bonito. Both are located just off the main road and are very nice to see. Most of the other ruin sites I did not see, as I did not have the time for... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A must see for anyone interested in the prehistory of the American southwest. The sites are easily accessed by well maintained paths and the trail guides are a bonus.

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Banner Elk, NC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

My husband and I visited Chaco Canyon and it was really such an interesting place to visit. I love visiting archaeological sites and Chaco Canyon certainly delivers. We visited the sites that were easier to get to because we didn't have too much time, but the ruins are in pretty good shape and you can just imagine the thriving center... More

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Hurricane, Utah
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This attraction is the reason is why we traveled to New Mexico, and it did not disappoint. Although we did not visit Pueblo Alto or any of the other distant ruins, we did get to see Pueblo Bonito, and 3 other ruins as well as the petroglyph trail. We had done extensive research on the site, which added to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It's a trek to get there, but one's travel tenacity is rewarded with a look into the past in a way museums fall short. The ruins are mostly quite easy to get to, mostly off the loop road in the park. However, there are trails that will get you far into the quiet places. We hiked up the south rim... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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156 reviews 156 reviews
58 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Chaco Canyon is an amazing array of Puebloan ruins and petroglyphs with a strong aura of mystery in the air. We have toured Chaco with three different archeologists and each had a bit different viewpoint. The artistry of the masonry of the ruins stretches the mind and knowing that some major structures, many dozens of rooms, were unoccupied and may... More

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Oceanside, California
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

In looking at where to go on a trip through the Four Corners area I came across Chaco Culture NHP and decided it was a place worthy of a stop. I was not wrong. We very much enjoyed how close you could get to the ruins and how uncrowded the park was due to its remote location. Our favorite hike... More

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