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“Not the easiest to reach; however interesting example of what unexcavated ruins looked like.”
Review of Una Vida

Una Vida
Ranked #5 of 7 things to do in Nageezi
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Owner description: Located in Chaco Canyon, this is the first and easiest ancient ruin to reach.
Reviewed May 19, 2012

The generic description is incorrect. Although this is the closest Great House to the park's visitor center, several others are much closer to the typical mode of transport within the park - your car or bike. The structure is up a short trail (I'd guess a 0.4 mile from the visitor center parking lot to the center of the ruin complex) some of which is uphill. It's not difficult to get to; it's just not the easiest to get to.
Una Vida is one of the older sites, with its construction starting around 850 AD. Although there have been some archaeological excavations here, the dirt was backfilled to protect the site and there is no reconstruction or dramatic stablization. This looks very much as whites coming into the area saw it in the 1800's.
A handy guide can be purchased for less than a dollar at the visitor's center, but there are generally trail guides in a box at the trailhead that you can borrow and return. On the cliff face above and behind the ruin there is a beautiful petroglyph panel, which can only be seen by making the short steep hike uphill.
There is no separate fee to view Una Vida once you pay park admission.

Thank hoosierM
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