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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Nageezi, NM 87037
+1 505-786-7014
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Intriguing Ancient Civilization

We did a day trip to Chaco Canyon and really enjoyed it. It is located in a scenic valley... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Palo Alto, California
Very interesting

Chaco Culture National Park is a great look into the areas past. I enjoyed it a lot and would go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Douglas P
Peoria, Arizona
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Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings on the continent.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a day trip to Chaco Canyon and really enjoyed it. It is located in a scenic valley northeast of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The well preserved ruins represent an intriguing ancient native american civilization that was very advanced for its time (AD 850...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chaco Culture National Park is a great look into the areas past. I enjoyed it a lot and would go again except for a potion of the road going in is very bad. If you have a car you value do not go.

1  Thank Douglas P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went the begining of June with family they enjoyed walking through the ruins with 6 kids one over the age of 5 (12). They loved walking through all the door ways. I would have loved to spend more time out there but unfortunately there...More

Thank Mosif1981
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chaco canyon is a good stop on the national historic park tour. It is off the beaten path (some 20 miles one way via dirt/gravel/rough roads). The information center has restrooms but NO water or food. So take your provisions with you. Bug spray and/or...More

1  Thank Kim G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If at all possible take the road called 57. The other approach made me cry. It had what my friend called "potholes in potholes." My Subaru survived, but it took us a LONG time to navigate those 15 unpaved miles. 57 is also unpaved but...More

Thank tiffanyh929
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ancient southwest castles stand in ruin marking a time in American history which few people know about, The center of a wide empire with ancient roads stretching out for miles to Great House outliers. This place is unlike any other place in the US, Pueblo...More

2  Thank Doug G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First, you cannot take a rental car out there. The 21 mile drive starts out with some pavement...turns into several miles of severe washboard and then deteriorates into a 4 miles of deeply rutted and rough red mud track. When it rains its slick as...More

1  Thank MaryEllenM27
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

The road to get into Chaco is quite rough, especially after any precipitation. But the park is worth it. The ruins are incredible! Unlike places like Mesa Verde, you can walk through the ruins without a tour (or with, if you choose) and really see...More

1  Thank ljhinz
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

I've visited several Indian ruins across the Southwest. Chaco Canyon is as good as it gets. I was fascinated by the fact that I could actually put my hands on masonry stones that were each touched and shaped by by someone's hand with crude stone...More

1  Thank Carol C
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This was one of the most rewarding experiences that my family has had. The buildings, the hieroglyphics were absolutely amazing to witness what is shown on the history channels.

Thank Chad S
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Sky L
We'll be visiting this park in a week. I've done some good research (thanks to some of the reviews and Q&A here, in part). If we intend to take advantage of the International Dark sky Park aspect for some of the great quality stargazing opportunities; where is the best place to go? We'll be staying at the Gallo Campground. How will ambient light (restroom building) play a role? Is it simple to wander off to the east a little around the cliff to avoid that? Are there other areas that are better to take advantage of? We're good to go with telescope, red filters, etc, but could use some advice to fine-tune one of the main reasons we chose to stay here. Thanks in advance!
11 June 2017|
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Response from Fred W | Reviewed this property |
Definitely check in with the rangers for their answer to the question. Just about anywhere out of direct light will work great. You might not realize just how many stars their are up there until you see the sky \without... More
Dianne W
We plan to visit later in May. We are driving from Amarillo and don't plan to spend the night at the canyon. Are there bathrooms after the visitor's center closes? Are the roads hard to drive at night (we plan to stay at a hotel about an hour away) after we have viewed the canyon during the day and the stars at night. We are concerned about driving such roads at night from the canyon to Cuba. Need some advice.
9 May 2017|
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Response from EricSkopec | Reviewed this property |
Road conditions are heavily influenced by weather. If dry, the road out is easily managed in a standard passenger vehicle as they are after light rain. If there has been a hard rain, part of the road degenerate... More
We don't want to drive. Are there guided tours available. Where are they located. Could we get a tour from Albuquerque or even Las Vegas? What are the names of the tour companies
6 May 2017|
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Response from RealTravelman | Reviewed this property |
Las Vegas mainly runs tours to Death Valley, Grand Canyon and SW Utah. Chaco Canyon is far from Las Vegas, so it would need to be a multi-day tour. As from Albuquerque, I can't seem to find any tour tours. Only private... More