Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Nageezi

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#7 of 122 in Nature in New Mexico
Explore the architectural remains of the Pueblo people from 850 CE to 1250 CE preserved at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the park is significant for its ceremonial structures and impressively advanced engineering. Marvel at the quarried sandstone blocks and hauled timber constructions, a testament to the Pueblos' sophisticated understanding. Tourists can opt to tour by foot or by bike and are welcome to partake in campfires and stargazing. The road to the park is quite rough, so expect the trip to require skilled driving. Once there, you'll find plenty of trails to hike and petroglyphs to appreciate. Come prepared with comfortable shoes for the long walks and be sure to pack food and water. Put Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other Nageezi attractions into our Nageezi trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We had read that the roads were rough, but that was an understatement. Entering from the direction of Farmington, the last four + miles were bone-jarring. But, it was worth it! The loop drive has some...  more »
  • My husband and I went with Tori from Salmon Ruins. We did a tour with her 18 months ago to the Bisti Wilderness and loved it. Her tour of Chaco was just as good. You can do Chaco on your own, but havi...  more »
  • Getting there is uncomfortable because of the one section of un- maintained gravel road about 4 miles long. This is because of disputes between different governing agencies. Drive from the main highwa...  more »
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  • The drive to get here was rough- the road is not paved and very bumpy, lots of gravel. But Pueblo Bonito was so worth it! It was magical- beautiful ruins set next to the mountains with huge boulders all around- my little kids were pretending to be explorers. Really neat place!
  • Whether you want to take a long walk or just drive to see many of the ancient structures. This is terrific park with wonderful access and great historical markers. Welcome Center is clean and cool. If you're coming in from the Northeast off of 550 be aware that there's about 5 or 6 miles of unpaved Road 2 miles of it are extremely washboard bumpy. Google map navigation got me there without any problems.
  • Absolutely an amazing experience. Road getting there is awful (And 19 miles long). It will take more than 1 visit. The guided tour of Pueblo Bonito is very informative. They do a great job explaining the history of the valley. Highly recommended.
  • I'm writing this review because it was so difficult to find a necessary piece of information. All reviews talk about the bad roads. Yes, the roads are bad so you just need to go slowly. So how long does it take to get there!? When we visited in the summer of 2018, Apple Maps was pretty close to the mark with our ETA. Once you turn off of US 550 it takes approximately 40 to 50 minutes to arrive at the visitor center. The visitor center is virtually next to the sites. That is, you can plan the start of your visit as occurring once you arrive at the visitor center. Unlike Mesa Verde you do not need to drive an hour from the visitor center to get to the first site. This place is definitely worth the trip so don't let the 20 mile road from US 550 put you off (4 miles washboard, approximately 10 miles of gravel, the rest is paved). Chaco is unlike any of the other late period Anasazi sites that you are able to see. Part of what makes this place special is that it is so remote you won't encounter the large crowds you see at other places like Mesa Verde. You just need to plan accordingly.
  • Chaco Culture is a must-see in New Mexico. I spent about 3 hours here and it definitely wasn't enough. The next time I'm in New Mexico I'm going to camp at the site near the entrance so that I have enough time to properly explore and do all of the trails to the available sites and do the park visit justice. When we drove up near the first site, it wasn't super visible but it just kept going and going and going. And then we went to the big one next (Pueblo Bonito) and we were blown away. I didn't get a guidebook, and I wish I'd looked for one online before going or bought one at the visitor center.
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