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Chaco Culture National Historical Park New Mexico

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Kiva at Chaco Canyon National Park

Kiva at Chaco Canyon National Cultural Park

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Getting to Chaco Culture National Park:

Chaco Canyon is a major cultural site. The canyon contains 13 major sites and hundreds of smaller ones, built by the ancestral Puebloan people during the 9th through 12th centuries. The majority of the park and cultural sites are self-guided year-round. Six major sites are located along the 9-mile long Canyon Loop Drive.

Park Information:

Address: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, P. O. Box 220, Nageezi, New Mexico 87037
Phone: (505) 786-7014

This park is a major cultural site. The canyon contains 13 major sites and hundreds of smaller ones, built by the ancestral Puebloan people during the 9th through 12th centuries. The majority of the park and cultural sites are self-guided year-round. Six major sites are located along the 9-mile long Canyon Loop Drive.

Directions:

Chaco Canyon is located in northwestern New Mexico. The preferred and recommended access route to the park is from the north, via US 550 (formerly NM 44) and County Road (CR) 7900, and CR 7950.

Visitors Center:

This should be your first stop. The Visitor Center at Chaco Culture National Historical Park is open all year from 8 a.m. to 5 p. m.

There is a staffed information desk where rangers can help you plan your visit. Two videos are shown throughout the day in the auditorium.

The museum in the visitor center features exhibits on the cultural history of Chaco Canyon.

More information.

More Things to Do:

The majority of the park and cultural sites are self-guided year-round. Six major sites are located along the 9-mile long Canyon Loop Drive. From May to October, ranger-led tours of Pueblo Bonito (and other Chacoan sites) and evening programs are offered. From April to October, the Chaco Night Sky Program presents astronomy programs, daytime solar viewing, and telescope viewing of the spectacular dark night sky. Check the schedule at the visitor center.

Camping:

Currently closed (July 2009), the Gallo Campground is located within the Park. More information.

Advice:

Any route to Chaco Canyon will involve driving some distance on dirt roads which are seldom maintained and may become impassable in wet weather. Call (505) 786-7014 to check the road conditions before you go. More information.

Cost:

National Park entry fees and passes apply.
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