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Best trails in Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Looking for a great trail in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, views trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 12 easy trails in Chaco Culture National Historical Park ranging from 0.7 to 23.4 miles and from 6,112 to 6,942 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Center of an Ancient World Today the massive buildings of the ancestral Pueblo peoples still testify to the organizational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest. For a deeper contact with the canyon that was central to thousands of people between 850 and 1250 A.D., come and explore Chaco through guided tours, hiking & biking trails, evening campfire talks, and night sky programs. Park closes at sunset

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Map of trails in Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Sunday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Contact
(505) 786-7014 ext.
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Top trails (17)
#1 - Pueblo Alto Trail
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#2 - Chaco Culture Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 36 m
#3 - Pueblo Bonito
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
This is an Educational hike. it's an ancient city that rivals the Aztecs in Mexico. Definitely a must see, specially if you're an Urban or Architect major. Pueblo Bonito is divided into two sections by a precisely aligned wall, running north to south, through the central plaza. A Great Kiva is placed on either side of the wall, creating a symmetrical pattern common to many of the Great Houses. In addition to the great kivas, over thirty other kivas or ceremonial structures have been found, many also associated with the large central courtyard. Interior living spaces were quite large by the standards of the Ancient Pueblo. U.S. army Lt. James H. Simpson and Carravahal, Simpson's guide from San Juan Pueblo, first came upon Chaco Canyon during a 1849 military expedition. They briefly examined eight larger ruins in Chaco Canyon including Pueblo Bonito, named pretty village in Spanish by Carravahal. At the conclusion of his expedition, Simpson published the first description of Chaco Canyon in his military report, with drawings by expedition artist R. H. Kern.Show more
#4 - Penasco Blanco Ruins Trail
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
#5 - Pueblo Bonito Overlook Trail
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 55 m
#6 - Tsin Kletzin Trail
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#7 - Casa Rinconada Trail
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
This is one of the trails in Chaco Canyon National Historic Park - this is the trail to Casa Rinconada site.Show more
#8 - U.S. Highway 550 to Chaco Culture National Historic Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 23.4 mi
#9 - Una Vida Trail
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
One of the trails at Chaco Canyon National Historical Park - this is the trail to Una Vida site.Show more
#10 - Chetro Ketl Trail
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
One of the trails in Chaco Canyon National Historic Park. This is the trail to Chetro Ketl site.Show more
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