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Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Nageezi
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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. Plan your visit to Chaco Culture National Historical Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nageezi trip itinerary maker.
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  • We added Chaco Canyon late in our trip to New Mexico by realizing diving back across the state was just too much. We didn't do our research to realize this was a full day or more of a trip. There are ...  more »
  • Excellent Anasazi Ruin site! Filled with pueblos, petroglyphs, archaeology, archaeoastronomy, and nature Chaco Canyon does not disappoint! Yes, very much off the beaten path but well worth the trip. P...  more »
  • Vast archaeological site and very nice. The atmosphere that you breathe is magical. Belle the walks you can do in the midst of the ruins and the rim above them. For a thorough examination it takes a day. Attention to the roads to reach the visitor centre: all are unpaved and can be in a bad condition due to the rains. We entered from the North, taking the road after 7950 7900 Nageezi and then continuing on. We travelled without too much difficulty with a jeep compass. We highly recommend to contact the visitor centre for information on the road. Don't be discouraged, it's worth it!
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  • Great cultural experience. If anything a great place to trail run. If u go to end of loop there is a Crack in canyon you can hike up and see great views of the canyon if u like great pics.
  • As everyone agrees, it's a beautiful place - the ruins, surrounding mountains, butte, the hiking areas are amazing. I, however, was so grumpy from the drive in over the road that was like an 11 mile cattle guard and the $16 entrance fee, that it took me some time to appreciate it all. Printed guides must be purchased from the Visitor Center. Also, take water and be prepared for no phone or internet (Which is kinda nice when visiting a sacred spot) **Perhaps Park Svc could consider offering a shuttle for future guests**
  • It was new year's day when I was in Chaco canyon , nobody there except another couple of people. Great hiking very spiritual and peaceful. Of the beaten path you have to make a special trip to get there, but if you happened to be near by as it was in my case go see it.
  • An amazing national park - full of ruins from another time and civilization. There are great hiking opportunities, but it's full desert sun, so go early. Wear hiking boots for the uneven terrain. Beautiful and haunting.
  • An incredible historical gem off the beaten path. if you're in New Mexico, make sure you visit this place. Standing above the ruins of Pueblo Bonito from the Pueblo Alto trail is an amazing way to get an overview of what the ancestral Puebloans were able to do in a desert landscape. Be sure to stay the night and check out some of the darkest skies on the planet!