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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Address: Nageezi, NM 87037
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+1 505-786-7014
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Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings...

Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings on the continent.

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We drove here while staying in Santa Fe, which is a long but do-able journey. The rewards are endless. A fantastic gem of park, amazingly preserved. And, one of the only ones... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove here while staying in Santa Fe, which is a long but do-able journey. The rewards are endless. A fantastic gem of park, amazingly preserved. And, one of the only ones we've visited in the southwest that you can actually walk into and explore on your own. Ranger-guided tours available as well. Don't forget to buy the guide books... More 

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Gulf Coast, MS
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The park is definitely worth your time. Just allow for extra time when planning. The road in/out will take time in itself. We opted to take the northern route even though we were coming from the south. Even this route was bad. The trenches are so deep if you have a low clearance vehicle I doubt you will make it.... More 

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Cedar Park, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent about a week at Chaco in mid-October 2016. Look for the driving directions on their website as the roads are long and rugged, and some maps show access via a road that is now closed. We were driving a pickup, towing a popup camper and in some places could go only 5 mph - overall the 25 miles... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Took the Grandson to our favorite NM location for the Fall solstice this September. Like many of our favorite activities in NM, this park is fairly isolated and requires some preparation before deciding to visit. First off, I would not recommend taking the southern route (from Grants) to the park unless you have a 4x4, and even then the washboard... More 

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Oroville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We basically lost half a day, as we read the road from the south is not recommend without a 4X4, so we ended up having to detour north to Farmington, and enter the park from the other side. You think a national park would have much better road access. The funniest thing is, once you enter the park, the road... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Of course I was not totally dissatisfied with my visit to Chaco National Park, as the buttes, the pueblos, the skyline, etcetc was breathtakingly beautiful. The park staff at the visitors center was friendly and informative. I just want to warn people because apparently the park is *especially* strict about getting out of there precisely at (if not before) sundown.... More 

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Jefferson, Oregon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The historic value of this site draws visitors from near and far. It was on our "National Park Service" site tour so we had to go. The access from the north is horrific (and it is the recommended route)!! After turning off US-550 on to CR- 7900, there are 11 miles to travel that takes at least 45 minutes to... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Left in the morning from Farmington, was in by mid-morning, and stayed the day. There is so much to see and learn about this place! Almost puts all the other Anasazi sites to shame given the extensiveness and state of preservation of the sites! Plan for an all-day experience, bring water and food, and prepare to be amazed!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

I stayed in Chaco last night and hiked around as many beautiful trails as I could today. I ended my last hike as the sun was setting and on the way out to the parking lot I was greeted by a park ranger car with sirens blaring. At first I was startled that something had happened, then ranger Adam Casey... More 

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3 Thank Josh D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I had never heard of Chaco canyon until I read tony hillerman's books. I had also never heard of the extent of archeological materials available and we were blown away by the size, quality and quantity of the ruins that can be seen at Chaco. We arrived using a dirt road (very practicable with a rental car at a reasonable... More 

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