Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
4.5
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Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings on the continent.
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Julieroadtrip
304 contributions
Once in lifetime experience
Jul 2021 • Couples
Beware of the road. Honestly, the car ride into and back out of the park is hellish. Washboard dirt road with gullies and holes for almost 20 miles. We were not able to drive more than 10-15 miles per hour.
Having said that, it is absolutely worth it. Rarely have I encountered such a stunning exposure to ancient history. Being there is a mystical, spiritual experience.
Written July 13, 2021
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nancy p
Philadelphia, PA59 contributions
Brilliantly, peaceful, inspiring off the beaten path place. Go.
Jul 2021 • Friends
Chaco Canyon national park is an off the beaten path American wonder. A UNESCO world heritage site, it encompasses about 30 square miles of high desert land, upon which are trails and a variety of excavated and unexplored ruins of the pre- Pueblo indian culture. The ruins are mystically peaceful and ate set in open land or canyons where you can see for miles as the native people say, Mother Earth and Father Sky look out for you there.

It's easily a 90-120 ride on graded dirt road from any local town, so leave early. Camp there if you can. You will fall asleep and wake up with the spirit of ancestors.
Written July 3, 2021
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Ed B
Tampa, FL52 contributions
Great history off the beaten path
May 2021 • Couples
Excellent park with amazing history. It’s not a busy park as it’s literally off the beaten path. Unfortunately either way to enter the park (from the northeast or from the south) requires a 20 mile drive from the nearest main road, with almost all of that on dirt roads. We drove in from the northeast and exited to the south and both were horrendous. To be fair, we did it in a rented Nissan Versa so it’s doable in that type of car though I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, especially depending on the weather. Despite all of that, the drive was worth it. Make sure you have plenty of water for the trails. The visitor center and restrooms were surprisingly very nice considering the park is so remote. They sell guides to all of the sites at the visitor center for $2 each.
Written June 20, 2021
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania319 contributions
A highlight of our cross country trip
Jun 2021 • Family
We drove back the long, bumpy road to chaco during a long cross country trip, and this was one of my favorite stops. Definitely pick up the guide books for the main sites at the visitors center - theyre $2 a piece. For the most part you're looking at 1000 year old ruins of a small town, and you get to walk through them. It reminded me of Ostia Antica outside of Rome.

The sites we visited there were short and easy walks on clearly identifiable path

Great stop.
Written June 20, 2021
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fiftystatesevenconts
Reno, Nevada274 contributions
Great UNESCO World Heritage archeology site
Jun 2021
There are only 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the US and this is one of them. It is not a National Park, but an archeological historical site. Yes, the road is 22 miles of dirt, but easily driven in anything but a low rider. The area is also 1 of the designated 5 best places in the US for dark night skies for star viewing. It was really hot, around 100° so we chose to limit our sites of this ancient culture, but I will be back with other friends to camp when it's cooler and to do serious exploring and hiking. The culture here stopped existing about 1,000 years ago, and it was unfortunate the visitor center was still closed due to covid, but rangers were available to answer questions. I will definitely return when it's cooler because it's open year-round, and when covid restrictions are lifted.
Written June 20, 2021
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Michael D
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A Wonder of the World
Jul 2020
I visited in 1974 and it sounds like not much has changed, including the washboard road from the south. I broke the transaxle mount and loosened the oil cooler on my 1967 VW camper and spent a week in Flagstaff fixing it with the help of a hippie-friendly VW shop.

The Amazon Prime video, "The Mystery of Chaco Canyon," narrated by Robert Redford, tells the story of how the structures of Pueblo Bonito and the surrounding settlements were very precisely orientated to the sun and the moon. This was probably one of the world's most significant architectural achievements, yet information about it is still hard to come by.

Chaco deserves more attention by the NPS and our history books!
Written June 12, 2021
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sailingzephyr
oregon11 contributions
Quiet, explore ruins, dark sky park
May 2021 • Couples
We took our truck and 19’ trailer on those rough, washboard roads, but it was worth it! Since we were arriving from the south, we took the road through Crownpoint - it was a rough 20 miles, but better than taking the time to go around to north entrance. The first mile is the hardest with a large rock to go over. We camped 2 nights- I would definitely recommend staying at least one in order to have time to explore and see the night sky. We left going north to Nageezi - also a rough road but 13 miles and the first 5 leaving Chaco are the worst. Enjoy!
Written May 27, 2021
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JamieHtravels
Wisconsin418 contributions
So Worth the Drive!!
May 2021
I have wanted to come here for forever and we finally had an open window so made the long trek from Wisconsin and it did not disappoint! Before you go prepare for a long drive out to the middle of nowhere so bring along food, water, sunscreen, and good hiking shoes. If you're not into hiking most of the ruins are within a short walking distance from their parking lots so you don't have to walk very far. We personally wanted to see as much as we could so we explored all of the ruins at each stop and then did the Pueblo Alto Trail which is about 5 miles long and takes you above the canyon to some farther off ruins, a stairway carved into the side of the canyon, and gives you views of Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl from above, all very worth it! We were exhausted by the end of the day and had wished we had made plans to camp but ended up staying in Farmington that night so we could continue onto the Aztec Ruins and Mesa Verde National Park. If you're just there for a short amount of time definitely take time to explore Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl, the architecture is amazing and you can see petroglyphs along the trail. I was disappointed that the museum/visitor center was closed.
Written May 25, 2021
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Michael T
Apex, NC990 contributions
Outstanding National Park
May 2021
Chaco is out of the way in New Mexico. It is worth the drive. There is either a 12 mile dirt road to the north ort a 16 mile dirt road from the south to traverse. There are ruins from the ancient indians that once inhabited New Mexico. This park is hot and dry and there are no resources there so you need to bring your water and food. There are many sites to visit there, you can get them all in if you get there early. Bring good walking shoes, sun block and head coverings. The walks in the ruins are not too hard.
Written May 16, 2021
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Andrew D
Greenwood Village, CO209 contributions
Worth an Overnight Stay
Apr 2021
I finally camped at Chaco and it wonderful to see the night sky, as this is designated as an International Dark Sky Place. I've seen Pueblo Bonito in the past. I had my dog with me so did the pet friendly trails. I really enjoyed the Peñasco Blanco Trail, and the petroglyphs were a comfortable distance. I did that hike early in the morning--around 8am--and there was no one in the park. I really enjoyed seeing the Great Kiva on the Casa Rinconada trail. I stayed at the Gallo campground. I stayed in camp #6 the first night. It's right on top of #4, but is otherwise more private than the camp sites along the loops. The camp hosts were friendly and helpful. The facilities were adequate and it was great to have a sink to wash pots. It was great to be there on the new moon, but I will also check moonrise and set times in the future and can easily enjoy the dark sky on many days during the month. The cloud gazing was also incredible.
Written May 6, 2021
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