Chaco Culture National Historical Park!

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
What is it? Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a canyon speckled with over 4,000 Ancestral Puebloan ruins and remains!
What makes it beautiful? The size and scale of the 16 Chacoan great houses are unmatched anywhere else in America! Carefully excavated since the late 1800s, many of these villages emerged from centuries of rubble with many of their original walls intact! What’s spectacular about the great houses of Chaco Canyon is how immersive they are! A visitor can walk through the same hallways as folks living over 800 years ago, get lost in the silence of the ruins, and ponder what sorts of things were talked about in the many deep kivas that characterize the great houses as ceremonial gathering points!
How can I Help the Helpers? HERE’S HOW:

  • Pay the entrance fee to help maintain trails, signs, structures, and other visitor services!
  • Volunteer at Chaco Culture National Historical Park!
  • Become a member of the Friends of Chaco!
  • Be a responsible visitor! Remember the old adages: Pack out what you pack in! Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!
Where is this place? 1808 County Road 7950
Nageezi, NM 87037

From Albuquerque: ~155mi (250km) — 2.6hrs
From Las Cruces: ~361mi (581km) — 6.1hrs
From Roswell: ~351mi (565km) — 5.9hrs
From Santa Fe: ~171mi (276km) — 2.9hrs

When should I go? The main scenic loop is open daily from 7:00 AM until sunset, except on major holidays, while the visitor center’s hours are from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM!

Click here to read about my experience in this park!

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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