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Pueblo Bonito

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Nageezi, NM
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Nageezi
Type: Ancient Ruins, Outdoors
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Owner description: Built between 900 and 1115, this ancient ruin is the largest of the Great Houses in Chaco Canyon.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The site was originally inhabited around 828 AD. Those ancestral pueblo people abandoned this site in 1126 AD. There are some 800 rooms here. The inhabitants apparently traded with natives in Mexico. My wife and I spent over an hour walking around and through these ruins. We wore hiking shoes and hats with a wide brim.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Want to get a feel for what it was like living in these magnificint buildings? Be sure to attend a Ranger-led tour through this ruin.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This pueblo has the best explanations and is an easy walk from the parking lot. Stop at the visitor's center and see the video before you visit the ruins.

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Washboard road in and out was difficult in a rental car. History and architecture rolled into one adventure. This whole area is magnificent.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The craftsmanship and beauty of this buildings is incredible. Because of the size and the many structures of Chaco Canyon you can get a real glimpse of what life could have been like. I was blown away by the beauty and stillness of this place. You can get inside and see just how many rooms go off each other and... More

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Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This site is a must see when visiting Chaco Canyon. Best times to visit are in early spring or fall when it is much cooler,

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Gallup, New Mexico
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The site is amazing and the ranger does not have the time to thoroughly explain the site in terms of paleoastronomy. There were 45 people on our tour...a bit unwieldy...but worth it. It would be a good idea to watch the Robert Redford film prior to going on the tour.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This huge site allows you access to peruse each area within it and learn about kivas as well as accommodations. It is superb and not overly visited so plan on spending time here.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Seeing Pueblo Bonito at long last held special meaning for Colorado Jim and me. We’ve been keenly interested in Ancestral Puebloan culture ever since we toured Mesa Verde National Park and the Lion Canyon area of the adjacent Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation during our first buddy trip back in 2009. On subsequent trips to the southwest we’ve visited cliff... More

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Taking the Park Ranger tour was well worth it. First - it's free! And you get a wealth of information about the dwelling and the known history of the area!

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