Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Nageezi

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#7 of 122 in Nature in New Mexico
Must see · World heritage site · National Park · Nature / Park
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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  • Desolate. Arid. Windy. The drive out to the park, once you leave the pavement is part of the adventure. While a high-clearance or 4x4 wasn't necessary today (25Apr21), it's obvious that at some...  more »
  • It was a super long drive on really rough roads to see similar sights that are in Los Alamos. It was interesting but not sure it was worth the drive.  more »
  • I hesitate to tell people how wonderful Chaco Canyon is because the place is fragile and should not be over-run. However, the truth of the matter is that it is fascinating and unique. There are...  more »
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  • Chaco Canyon is an amazing place to visit. Hard to believe that people built stone houses with such precision. It gets pretty warm so it may be best to go in September or October. The visitor center is great. Helpful people and a really good historical center that explains much of the history.
  • If you have a couple hours I really recommend going here. It's a little crazy to get to -- the last sixteen miles are gravel/dirt and it was really bumpy -- but it's worth it, in my opinion. Our kids loved that they could walk through one of the huge complexes, and we were able to talk to them a lot about the ancestral Pueblo people. It's definitely not a full day activity unless you don't have little kids are are able to do the longer hikes, but if you're in the area and/or have time to stop, do it!
  • Of course I've seen pictures of Chaco but I still was not prepared for the size of this ancient city. So much to see. Definitely planning on getting back there and camping in the park so we can explore more.
  • Know what you're getting into. I think well worth the trip. Not crowded and, if you're a history/culture kind of person, really worth it. Use the campground as your basecamp and spend two days checking everything out. Really cool Park Ranger presentations Friday and Saturday nights. This includes some very powerful telescopes! Caution- it's hot and dry in the summer months. Tent camping is AWESOME but it starts warm part 9:00 pm. Facilities are minimal and well cared for. Bring a couple of gallons of water for drinking. Potable water is available and sometimes has an off taste. (It's still good.) Junior Park Ranger program here is pretty good for
  • We walked the trails of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. You will be amazed at the architecture that surrounds you. The dates go back from CE 850 to 1150. The visiting center was very helpful in suggesting some maps and some booklets to help guide us through the trails. The booklet describe what you are looking at and the cost is very minimal. My favorite spot was Pueblo Bonito.

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