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Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings on the continent.
Nageezi, NM 87037
+1 505-786-7014
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

Chaco Canyon is kind of out of the way -- and you have to navigate some really bad road to get here (several miles between the San Juan County segment and the National Park) -- but it is worth the trouble. This was one of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Thomas F
Reviewed October 5, 2018

So much has been written and said about Chaco. Hopefully the fools running the government don't dig there. A majestic spiritual site that is bucket list worthy

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank crucesdave
Reviewed September 20, 2018

Our National Parks are our greatest treasure. This park is wonderful. It is one of our most remote parks. There is a long unpaved road before reaching the paved roads in the park. There are several ruins in the center of the park. It is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Charles W
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Nobody interested in Native American history should miss this place. The ruins itself, but also the historical controversies surrounding them (the big houses used to be palaces, one important theory goes) are endlessly fascinating. The remoteness of the place is an experience by itself. The...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Sjoerddd
Reviewed September 15, 2018

In 2017 spring, we tried to go here but were told to forget it since it had been raining. They were correct, this time we made it in. I drove the north entrance which is off Highway 550 in Nageezi. It has 13 miles of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank alphawolfie
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Spent 3 nights in the campground there. Long access road, 1st 8 miles paved, next 7 not too bad gravel, last 7 pretty rough gravel, but take your time and you'll do fine! Early Pueblos amazing to see the size. Nice hiking opportunities. Cool Collared...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Loggenrock
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

Vary nice and quit place to get photos of. There is also a vister's center . The trail isn't paved it so highly recommend you ware sturdy shoes and some of the things are kinda hard to get to so bring along benaculers and a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank N5693ABlaurab
Reviewed September 10, 2018

I was not really sure what to expect here. The canyon where the buildings are located is already something. But then there is the series of ancient building remains in variouse building styles. It is not the easiest of drives to get there, the unpaved...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andy P
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

If you are able to camp and have the facilities you need this is well worth the visit. Dirt road into the park. Such an interesting area. Guided tours run by the rangers each day. Well worth stopping at to visit for a few hours...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank gilljm
Reviewed September 6, 2018

First, I would highly recommend reading up on Chaco Canyon and/or the Ancient Pueblo peoples beforehand or go with a guide. Second, prepare yourself for the gravel road or better yet, go with a tour company so you dont have to drive. Third, bring lots...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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January 8, 2019|
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Response from Sjoerddd | Reviewed this property |
There are no turnstiles or anything, if that’s what you mean. Access is via dirt roads. But do check with NPS before heading out.
October 15, 2018|
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Response from TravelinSuz | Reviewed this property |
No, there’s only camping and RV slots that I saw. They may have cabins, but I don’t think so. It’s definitely worth going.
August 28, 2018|
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Response from pb1972 | Reviewed this property |
I took hundreds of pictures without a reprimand or permit in sight. Permits could be required for commercial photography.