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.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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.

1 month ago

Fabulous! Love this!

hiking
3 months ago

I walked this with 4 kids (ages 5-7) and we all had a blast. I'm 6-3 and I had to crawl through one doorway and stoop way down for quite a few others. The children were very upset when we first approached the ruins because there were folks inside. Once they realized they would get to go inside they were ecstatic. I recommend buying the trail guide ($1) at the visitor's center because there isn't any descriptions of what you are looking at on the trail. There is a spot where you can walk on down to a cemetery, but the trail had some pretty deep sand (and there is another easier spot to get to the cemetery just down the road) so we turned around. However, a short ways down the cemetery trail you can see some names (I'm guessing from some of the early white explorers - 1917 was next to one) on the cliffs. The kids spotted those right away, but it took me some time to see them.

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

walking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

As all the Pueblos at Chaco, very interesting. Recommend to all

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, February 08, 2016

Don't miss the ranger tour. Very knowledgeable and educational.

hiking
Friday, November 13, 2015

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.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

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