• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

Trails, Barriers, and Closed Areas

Trails make it easy for visitors to travel to and through the Chaco structures, but most importantly, they restrict foot traffic to areas that can be safely visited and prevent damage to more fragile areas. Some sections of the buildings are so fragile that the only safe viewing (for visitors and for the masonry) is from a distance. Signs, rope or wooden barriers, and complete closures protect extremely precarious areas where conditions are unsafe and visitor use will cause long-term or irreparable damage.

 
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Did You Know?

Aerial photo of Chaco Canyon taken by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The first aerial photographs of Chaco Canyon were taken from Charles Lindbergh's airplane by his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh in 1929. More...