U.S. Highway 550 to Chaco Culture National Historic Park

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

U.S. Highway 550 to Chaco Culture National Historic Park is a 23.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Nageezi, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 23.4 miles Elevation Gain: 793 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

scenic driving



historic site

Fri May 19 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.

scenic driving
Tue Aug 23 2016

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.

scenic driving
Sat Aug 20 2016

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

Fri Jun 17 2016

Amazing hikes in the middle of nowhere.

ohv/off road driving
Wed Jul 13 2011

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