Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Nageezi with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

This one is off the beaten path. We say one couple. The trail is a loop and when you get to the turn around point you will think you are in a Star Wars movie set. It is absolutely amazing and worth the 3 hrs. Don't pass this one up. Bring water as there is nothing out there.

A bit scary climbing up, but worth every minute.

hiking
1 month ago

A whimsical and ethereal collection of hoodoos and twisted geology. The egg factory is surreal, especially near sunset as the golden light really brings out the patterns on these bizarre features. The petrified wood was a real surprise. I can across one large log and numerous smaller sections. There were shards of petrified wood scattered everywhere. Great place to wander.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this place. I felt like I was walking around on another planet. Such a wonderful experience, and I cannot wait to go back.

I love that there are well beaten paths, and landmarks to go see, but I feel it's such a treat to be able to walk anywhere you want at Bisti.

Do not recommend !!!! Not what you expect mostly flat land and some rocks

hiking
3 months ago

A short backcountry hike in Chaco Canyon, with breathtaking rewards...

The Pueblo Alto trail starts formally at Kin Kletsin which is a short walk from the Pueblo del Arroyo parking lot. It can be hiked as an out & back, or a longer teardrop route.

The beginning of the trail is a steep climb up the northwest side of the canyon, and is somewhat exposed before entering a narrow slot. It quickly reaches the canyon rim, and takes off southeast to contour the canyon, heading to a dramatic overlook of Pueblo Bonito. There are several interesting features to see along the way; watch for wooden park signs pointing them out.

Turning northward, the path climbs at a more leisurely pace, ascending to the Pueblo Alto and New Alto ruins with an expansive view of the canyon below. Directly south on the top of South Mesa, lies Tsin Kletsin, and to the northwest-west, is Peñasco Blanco, the two other clifftop great houses of Chaco Canyon.

This hike was easy enough to bring my eleven year old Vizsla along, but even in April, it's important to carry a couple of liters of water as the trail is primarily in the open sun and can be quite hot.

Returning down the slot can be a challenging, especially in the exposed section, as some of the "steps" are fairly tall. Because of her age, I decided to carry the dog down some of these rather than let her jump.

All in all, a very worthwhile hike.

Beautiful views above the ruins. You can see for 100 Miles. Going up is a bit steep and may be difficult for people with a fear of heights. This is a great hike. Simply amazing.

No actual designated trails within the Bisti Wilderness Area. You just wander among these amazing rock formations. My track is in an area accessed from the "North Trailhead" off County Road 7299 in southern San Juan County, New Mexico. There is no fee; fill out a registration permit at the trailhead. The area is generally flat with one major dry wash and a few tiny, minor washes. It is easy to become disoriented while wandering in this spectacular place, so basic navigational skills are helpful as well as a GPS device, though one could probably make do with a compass. Equestrians use this area and consequently horse droppings are seen everywhere. Depending on when you visit you may not have much company. Off limits to bicycles and motorized vehicles. Be advised, the parking area has no restrooms. Quite hot in summer, best times to visit are in spring or fall. Of course carry plenty of water and snacks. I had no cell service in this area nor anywhere nearby. There are at least three different access points to the Bisti; each one is off a different county road.

No established trail, no mark on any way. Can’t find all the interesting places they mention about. But I do have fun.

So, there's no established 'trail.' At the parking area, pass through the gate and head toward the right into the south wash. I'd recommend just doing the south wash as an out & back, exploring the hills to the right along the way. Although you can bank around counterclockwise and come back out the wash to the north, that wash and the hills around it are pretty featureless and boring. South wash is great for an afternoon exploring hoodoos hills eggs and interesting landscapes though. I took about 100 photos.

hiking
4 months ago

Chaco canyon is amazing to me and this hike just added to that amazement, I am also to grateful that dogs are allowed on this hike. The trail ascends the bluffs overlooking one of the sites at Chaco Canyon-Pueblo Bonito. The trail ascends through a crack in the bluff, and while easier than the stairways (ladders really) built into cliff walls still a fun challenging little climb. Along the trail are great overlooks of the ruins in the canyon/valley below as well as a view of Jackson Stairway, an ancient one ladder up the side of the bluff/cliff. Really amazing to contemplate all of the activity that must have existed here back in the day.

Not what I expected.. didn’t see many cool rocks

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous hike! We took 2 dogs, a golden and a golden doodle up this hike, there're two narrow sections where they're a bit nervous, but overall a pretty easy hike for humans. Carry a lot of water, and the view of the ruins from above looks amazing. Campground at Gallo is amazing too but crazy cold, 6F at night.

this is one of the most interesting hikes i have been on...not to mention the beauty

Gorgeous!! I definitely recommend this trail. It was one of the harder in the park, which was a nice change. Great views off of the mesa!l (especially Pueblo Bonita)
Also, I would highly recommend this at sunset. The park closes as 5, but as long as you get out around that time it shouldn't be a problem.

8 months ago

Easy gravel trail leading to pueblo ruins. Be respectful, ALL of Chaco is a sacred place.

Very interesting easy hike. Not well marked. Some interesting hoodoos and painted mounds. Do not go after rains. Even 1 week after rains the path still had muddy areas that act like quicksand. Many wild animal prints from badgers to cats to deer. Didn’t see any but be aware they’re around. Not heavily visited. Poor signal in area. Bring water.

hiking
9 months ago

Seul au monde!

I love Chaco culture in general! The history is amazing (they found jars full of cacao beans-chocolate) and the hikes are absolutely beautiful!

Great place to take kids

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

no distinct trail, more difficult to follow, compass helpful, no phone service. BEAUTIFIL landscape

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.

walking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Easy walk around one of the bigger structures. You can really appreciate the stonework/masonry up close.

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

I love going to the Bisti. Lots of amazing rock formations. It can be hard to find the various named formations but well worth the effort!

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

a short route to another ruin. This one is a little more intimate as you can get closer.

walking
Friday, August 26, 2016

A minor site at Chaco.

walking
Friday, August 26, 2016

One of the minor sites at chaco.

Loved it!! Hiking to the top was awesome and absolutely breathtaking!!

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