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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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  • Took the Grandson to our favorite NM location for the Fall solstice this September. Like many of our favorite activities in NM, this park is fairly isolated and requires some preparation before decidi...  more »
  • We basically lost half a day, as we read the road from the south is not recommend without a 4X4, so we ended up having to detour north to Farmington, and enter the park from the other side. You think ...  more »
  • Of course I was not totally dissatisfied with my visit to Chaco National Park, as the buttes, the pueblos, the skyline, etcetc was breathtakingly beautiful. The park staff at the visitors center was f...  more »
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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!