Pueblo Bonito is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nageezi, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round.
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.
Its amazing to see what the enormity of the structure up close, it kind of feels like the US' Colosseum. Easy to walk around, some tight spaces but still manageable. There is one room that shows the original roof/floor above you and its quite amazing that it's still there. The pictographs are also very interesting and worth a glance.
As all the Pueblos at Chaco, very interesting. Recommend to all
Don't miss this! The best views to really appreciate the size of this ruin and number of kivas is from the Pueblo Alto Loop trail.
Don't miss the ranger tour. Very knowledgeable and educational.
Do not miss this one! We were lucky enough to meet up with a ranger guided tour. She was very knowledgeable and able to share much more than the basis trail guide did! These were amazing, hard working people. While we were there, they were doing some maintenance on the structures. It was a very quiet and respectful undertaking.