Explore the most popular historic site trails in Chaco Culture National Historical Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great place to look down on Pueblo Bonito complex

My wife and I hit the trail just before 8:00 am on July 12, so it was hot. Trail is flat and very easy for the first 3 miles or so. If you finish the hike to Penasco Blanco, it gets steep and passes over bedrock, so be sure to watch for the cairns. The petroglyphs and pictographs are awesome. All told, it took us about 4 hrs of actual hiking, with about 1 hr of picture taking and breaks. Did I say it was hot? Bring lots of water, use sunscreen, and wear a hat.

Lengthy hike to Supernova Pictograph site near the end of the trail. Trail is generally sand and dirt without much elevation gain until near the end of the trail. It is out and back. Hardly any traffic after the first two miles. I went in the early afternoon and it was quite warm, even in early May. You will want to take plenty of water and some trail food, of course. There is no cell service generally anywhere within the Park so you must take care of yourself out there. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Not much wildlife but I did see some coyote scat, some birds, a couple of lizards and one large snake.

This was beautiful! It is definitely worth it to see the Crab Nebula petrographs and making it to the top was cool!!

I love Chaco culture in general! The history is amazing (they found jars full of cacao beans-chocolate) and the hikes are absolutely beautiful!

Great place to take kids

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The road getting to Chaco Canyon is rough, but well worth it, although I'd avoid it after any sort of significant rain. The road becomes 23 miles of very slippery mud. There are all sorts of trails once you get into the Chaco Canyon site. The one I highly suggest is the one that takes you up the side of the cliff. It can be a bit tight and tricky getting up there, so not easy. See my pictures of the crevice you have to climb through. Once you are up there you get a bird's eye view of Pueblo Bonito and other places. They do have camp grounds. It is very hot during the summer, very cold during the winter. It is well worth it. I'd go again in a heart beat. There are so many more ruins to be explored in the Chaco Canyon Basin area.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Great hike to oversee Pueblo Bonito. Different perspective, helps to understand the size of the various pueblos. Fun climb up a crevasse to the cliff top from the valley floor.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Other than climbing a narrow passage, there is not much needed for this trail than walking. The overlook of Pueblo Bonito is stunning and if there are people walking through it, you can really appreciate the size of it.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A minor site at Chaco.

Chaco is remote with blacktop being about 30 miles away. The route in is a rough gravel road. Your speed will be about 20 mph. Scenic in that you see barren dessert, Chaco is well worth the drive in.

Desert drive through a variety of scenery. Several places to get out of the car and take some small hikes.

Loved it!! Hiking to the top was awesome and absolutely breathtaking!!

Amazing hikes in the middle of nowhere.

Chaco historic sites has great trails, ruins very significant, great for whole family. Do the more remote hikes to really take advantage of the site.

Nice walk through some very ancient ruins. Found some petroglyphs high up on one trail.

Indeed, the road to the site is not paved but not as bad as some reviews describe. I have been in roads that make this one look like a paved super highway. It is indeed worth the drive because the site itself is very interesting with ruins you do not often see. The hike is very nice and best on mild weather, I would not want to try it during summer.

It is an absolute MUST for people to visit this site, its a World Heritage Site, which as history would inform most of mankind essentially has ties to the area. Its wonderful! I wish that I had more time to explore and fully intend on another visit. Don't let the negative comments about the crummy road to the site discourage you (provided it is miserable washboard and takes about 30 minutes to drive 15 miles) Its important to remember to make the best, its been two years since I was there and my 4 year old still remembers the drive in and LOVES to watch the silly videos we made while driving to the site

mountain biking
Thursday, April 04, 2013

This is some of the crappiest road you will ever drive on. Washboard most of the way. By the way, resident.

The drive in was some of the most relentless 15 miles of washboard. The park itself is paved and the trails are well maintained and marked. You can actually walk thru the ruins, they are amazing and should not be missed. We loved every minute!

Neat cultural site that is great for the whole family. There are several trails, some super easy and others take more effort or daring in spots.

off road driving
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What a beautiful scenic area of the country. This is a must see.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fanatastic trails. Great hiking. Really beautiful trails with great overlooks. I'd highly recommend. This is way way off the beaten path.

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