Chetro Ketl is an Ancestral Puebloan great house and archeological site located in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico, United States. Construction on Chetro Ketl began and was largely complete by 1075, with significant remodeling occurring in the early and mid-1110s. Following the onset of a severe drought, most Chacoans emigrated from the canyon by 1140; by 1250 Chetro Ketl's last inhabitants had vacated the structure.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Chetro Ketl by using our Nageezi trip itinerary planner.
The great house was rediscovered in 1823 by the Mexican governor of New Mexico, José Antonio Vizcarra, and in 1849 Lieutenant James Simpson of the United States Army Corps of Engineers documented the major ruins in Chaco Canyon. Edgar L. Hewett, the director of the first archeological field school in the canyon, conducted excavations of Chetro Ketl during 1920 and 1921, and again between 1929 and 1935.
Chaco scholars estimate that it required more than 500,000 man-hours, 26,000 trees, and 50 million sandstone blocks to erect Chetro Ketl. The great house is a D-shaped structure; its east wall is 280 feet (85 m) long, and the north wall is more than 450 feet (140 m); the perimeter is, and the diameter of the great kiva is. Chetro Ketl contained approximately 400 rooms and was the largest great house by area in Chaco Canyon, covering nearly. Chetro Ketl lies from Pueblo Bonito, in an area that archeologists call downtown Chaco; they theorize that the area may be an ancestral sacred zone. Chetro Ketl contains architectural elements, such as a colonnade and tower kiva, that appear to reflect a Mesoamerican influence.
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Chetro Ketl sits right next to Pueblo Bonito and is worth the side trip. (The trail to Chetro Keti actually connects to a trail to Pueblo Bonito, so you can make it a combined experience.) While you c... more »
This building just amazes,,, our March 2018 visit was made even better by the snow along the north side and the footprints of wild cats in our path. We were back again for another look in November and... more »
Beautiful, breathtaking, wonderful experience!
I wrote a lengthy review of Chertro Kelt back in Oct 2017 when I visited, but GMaps erased it recently, but somehow kept my photos, then had the nerve to ask me to review it again. I can't remember a lot of the details about the site now. Site is slightly older than Pueblo Bonita. It was built adjacent to an older, smaller site. There is a very large, lovely Kiva here. Some of the windows on buildings were bricked up for reasons unknown at some point late in its flourishing period (12th century AD). Alignment of northern wall coincides with 18 year lunar maximum progression cycle (possibly the only ancient culture to have built for this purpose), but you can't see this because sites are closed at night. Phooey! Site is located about .25 miles from parking area down an easy dirt path but I wouldn't recommend it for the mobility impaired. That's the best I can recall. My original review was much better. Poo on you GMaps!
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