My husband and I just spent the weekend at Chaco Canyon on a "glamping" tour. What a thrill! The monument is spectacular - an unbelievable testament to the engineering, astronomical, agricultural and cultural knowledge that the ancient Pueblo peoples had. The vigas used in construction (large logs used for supporting walls, floors and roofs were sourced about 80 miles away. These people did not have horses at that point (not introduced yet by the Spaniards) so it is surmised that they were rolled to the Canyon. I think about 200,000 logs were used.
Our guide, Bobby, was a literal font of knowledge. A 14th generation New Mexican with both Hispanic and Nativ American heritage, he was so helpful in putting the dwellings in context, both architecturally and culturally.
The "glamping" adventure was terrific. Because of covid, the usual group camp sites were closed so our small group of 12 was spread around individual camp sites. This was the first time the crew had used this configuration so it took a bit longer to get food delivered to your tent/picnic table, but our needs were so well taken care of. The tents were spacious with a good memory foam mattress, pillows and blankets. We had a propane heater as the overnight temp was in the 30's. While my husband and I did not participate in all of the hikes, the pics from friends who did brought back great images from high above the canyon floor. It was the new moon, so watching the Milkey Way unfold before our eyes was a spectacular end to the day.
Bottom line - if you are lucky enough to snag a reservation take it! The trip and the crew will not disappoint!