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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.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Camping

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No dogs

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Getting There

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.

There's a parking area for all visitors. From the parking lot to the site, it's around a half mile walk.

By Mail: P. O. Box 220 Nageezi, NM 87037 By Phone: Visitor Information (505) 786-7014 ext. 221

From I-40 exit Hwy 370 go north for a couple hours, turn right on Hwy 57, note that Hwy 57 will transition to E. Rte 9. At this transition there's a "T" intersection, turn left on Chaco Canyon Road (also Hwy 57) and continue north. Note Chaco Canyon Rd. will transition to Navajo Service Route 14 (also Hwy 57) continue East on this road, which will eventually end at Pueblo Bonito.

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Tom K
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May 2019 trip to Southwest, second visit to NM, last time was 15 years ago in late fall. Day 12 First time here (Main Goal#14 of trip). Most important site in Chacoan Culture!!! I was surprised that you can walk in and explore many rooms. Strongly recommend latter to hike Pueblo Alto trail and see the site from above!!

Kimberly K.
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Fabulous! Love this!

JC Carlyle
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Hiking

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.

Cortney Johnson
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Sam Vandewater
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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.

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

Jennifer Nelson
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Hiking

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.

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

Teresa Ross
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First to Review

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.

Ray Phillips
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Vicki Cordova
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Juanita Gutierrez
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Scott Harrington
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