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Fun, easy walk through some ancient ruins.

My profile picture is of this hike! Super lovely but very hot, leave your older fur babies at home

Nice for a quick walkthrough.

The wash crossing is deep loose sand with steep embankments on either side and it would be a gamble without 4WD, I wouldn't suggest it but at the very least get out and walk it first to make sure. Note the 'getting there' directions, 19 miles to the small Crow Canyon sign...when Google navigated me here, it directed me to turn one road too soon down a gas line access road to a very wide and definitely impassable section of the wash (even with an ATV or OHV you'd have to go up or downstream to find an exit point). HOWEVER... If you don't have 4x4, you can park down this road which is directly across the wash from the trailhead and just cross the wash on foot, walk maybe 1/2 mile to the trailhead, it will be quite a bit shorter than if you bail out at the wash crossing on the actual access road. Anyhow, the area is more beautiful than i expected, a lot like Utah. Also hiked up the bluff behind, not a lot to be seen up there but just enjoyed the day and scenery of the canyon. A shame that people have added some of their own graffiti to the canyon walls but the petroglyphs are more interesting than most that I've seen elsewhere. Also one small ruin at the entrance.

Fun short hike. Was doable with three kids.

nice and easy with three small kids!

Drove an hour to get out there to find the road blocked off. This trail is closed till mid april for “restoration”... bummer but decided to walk the san juan river trails instead and it was an absolute delight! NM has enchanted me once again

Closed to public for restoration construction through April 15, 2018. Still beautiful to walk along the river though. Will be back when accessible!

hiking
5 months ago

Great short adventure hike. Walk along a boulder filled shelf about a cottonwood filled canyon with live water. Very nice surprise

hiking
6 months ago

Easy with nice views of the canyon.

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.

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.

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

Amazing hikes in the middle of nowhere.

off road driving
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago