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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Our National Parks are our greatest treasure. This park is wonderful. It is one of our most remote... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Charles W
Huntington Beach, California
A must for every history buff (but please, no tour buses..)

Nobody interested in Native American history should miss this place. The ruins itself, but also the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sjoerdd d
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings on the continent.
Nageezi, NM 87037
+1 505-786-7014
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our National Parks are our greatest treasure. This park is wonderful. It is one of our most remote parks. There is a long unpaved road before reaching the paved roads in the park. There are several ruins in the center of the park. It is...More

Thank Charles W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Nobody interested in Native American history should miss this place. The ruins itself, but also the historical controversies surrounding them (the big houses used to be palaces, one important theory goes) are endlessly fascinating. The remoteness of the place is an experience by itself. The...More

1  Thank Sjoerdd d
Reviewed 1 week ago

In 2017 spring, we tried to go here but were told to forget it since it had been raining. They were correct, this time we made it in. I drove the north entrance which is off Highway 550 in Nageezi. It has 13 miles of...More

1  Thank alphawolfie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 3 nights in the campground there. Long access road, 1st 8 miles paved, next 7 not too bad gravel, last 7 pretty rough gravel, but take your time and you'll do fine! Early Pueblos amazing to see the size. Nice hiking opportunities. Cool Collared...More

1  Thank Loggenrock
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Vary nice and quit place to get photos of. There is also a vister's center . The trail isn't paved it so highly recommend you ware sturdy shoes and some of the things are kinda hard to get to so bring along benaculers and a...More

Thank Laura b
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was not really sure what to expect here. The canyon where the buildings are located is already something. But then there is the series of ancient building remains in variouse building styles. It is not the easiest of drives to get there, the unpaved...More

Thank Andy P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are able to camp and have the facilities you need this is well worth the visit. Dirt road into the park. Such an interesting area. Guided tours run by the rangers each day. Well worth stopping at to visit for a few hours...More

Thank gilljm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, I would highly recommend reading up on Chaco Canyon and/or the Ancient Pueblo peoples beforehand or go with a guide. Second, prepare yourself for the gravel road or better yet, go with a tour company so you dont have to drive. Third, bring lots...More

1  Thank Linda T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you wish to understand the development of Native American culture in the southwest, no place (not even Mesa verde) will give you more insight into the culture of people who built and utilized this place in the four hundred years from 850 to 1250...More

1  Thank Elliot S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This complex is essential to understanding the Pueblo culture. It is still uncrowded due to its remoteness and difficult access, but it is well worth the effort. All but true experts will come away with a much deeper appreciation of the culture that built what...More

1  Thank George M
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29 August 2018|
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Response from Che08 | Reviewed this property |
It’s okay. Don’t know what you read but you can take as many pictures as you want. If you are into your photography then try to be there for morning and afternoon light. Beautiful vistas and shadows on architecture. Enjoy!
22 June 2018|
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Response from Primtech | Reviewed this property |
Much depends on your interests. The Great Houses are spectacular in their own right but unless you have some understanding of the 'normal' way that the people lived it is difficult to really appreciate them. The National... More
10 June 2018|
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Response from RobHelen02 | Reviewed this property |
all the comments above are pretty much what we would suggest... and staying overnight is a must