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. 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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  • Rough access road, but well worth it. The ruins do not have informational signs, so make sure to buy the guides sold in the museum ($2-3 each). Otherwise, you will not know what you are seeing. 
    Rough access road, but well worth it. The ruins do not have informational signs, so make sure to buy the guides sold in the museum ($2-3 each). Otherwise, you will not know what you are seeing.  more »
  • The place is vast, with numerous sites over a 5 or 6 mile long canyon, plus outlying sites. We saw 4 major ones in 4 hrs, total waling about 4 miles. There is a good road in the park, but getting in.....  more
    The place is vast, with numerous sites over a 5 or 6 mile long canyon, plus outlying sites. We saw 4 major ones in 4 hrs, total waling about 4 miles. There is a good road in the park, but getting in.....  more »
  • Fascinating place to experience. Well worth the 12 miles of unpaved roads (which were nowhere nearly as bad as people make them out to be). We took a guided tour which really brought the place to.....  more
    Fascinating place to experience. Well worth the 12 miles of unpaved roads (which were nowhere nearly as bad as people make them out to be). We took a guided tour which really brought the place to.....  more »
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  • The actual park was unbelievable! So much history and beauty. The road out there was another story. I've driven logging roads that were smoother. The County Road should be renamed "washboard of death". Seriously, not sure what the "maintenance" interval is, but be warned that it's not frequent enough.
  • VERY bumpy (and long) road to get there. Ruins are amazing. Masonry from that long ago is fascinating. Made me wonder where the water went and why they built where they did.
  • One thing no one mentions is the 20 mile bumpy dirt road that leads to this park (from either side). Wasn't sure if our Honda Fit was gonna make it. Definitely bringing a truck next time. Park still gets 5 stars for gorgeous views & lack of crowds in the fall.
  • What an amazing site!! You can walk into and up to some amazing ruins. The loop was a short drive but it had several pull offs to walk to the ruins. They were easy trails clearly marked.
  • It's a nice place to Lear more about pueblo culture, but the road to there it's freaking bad, theres no properly signaling for the dirt road and can be difficult reach the place without a good car, so have that in mind, the place its open until 5pm so take your time and plan in advance, it's breathtaking all the place and the old pueblo villages over there, the rangers are friendly and so helpful. There's a few trails to hike, but remember to be respectful. Leave no print and don't trespass beyond well marked limits.

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