Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Nageezi

#7 of 122 in Nature in New Mexico
Must see · World heritage site · National Park · Nature / Park
Explore the architectural remains of the Pueblo people from 850 CE to 1250 CE preserved at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Inscribed on the World Heritage List, the park is significant for its ceremonial structures and impressively advanced engineering. Marvel at the quarried sandstone blocks and hauled timber constructions, a testament to the Pueblos' sophisticated understanding. Tourists can opt to tour by foot or by bike and are welcome to partake in campfires and stargazing. The road to the park is quite rough, so expect the trip to require skilled driving. Once there, you'll find plenty of trails to hike and petroglyphs to appreciate. Come prepared with comfortable shoes for the long walks and be sure to pack food and water. Put Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other Nageezi attractions into our Nageezi trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I visited in 1974 and it sounds like not much has changed, including the washboard road from the south. I broke the transaxle mount and loosened the oil cooler on my 1967 VW camper and spent a week.....  more »
  • We took our truck and 19’ trailer on those rough, washboard roads, but it was worth it! Since we were arriving from the south, we took the road through Crownpoint - it was a rough 20 miles, but...  more »
  • Chaco Canyon is an amazing place to visit. Hard to believe that people built stone houses with such precision. It gets pretty warm so it may be best to go in September or October. The visitor center is great. Helpful people and a really good historical center that explains much of the history.
  • If you have a couple hours I really recommend going here. It's a little crazy to get to -- the last sixteen miles are gravel/dirt and it was really bumpy -- but it's worth it, in my opinion. Our kids loved that they could walk through one of the huge complexes, and we were able to talk to them a lot about the ancestral Pueblo people. It's definitely not a full day activity unless you don't have little kids are are able to do the longer hikes, but if you're in the area and/or have time to stop, do it!

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