Kin Bineola and Kin Ya' a Great Houses CLOSED
There is no public access.
Reservations required to attend equinox sunrise program
To attend the equinox sunrise program on Monday, September 22 call the visitor center at 505-786-7014. Program will be limited to 100 participants.
Nature & Science
In addition to its spectacular archaeological resources, the park is naturally significant as one of the few protected areas in the San Juan Basin. It is an island of biodiversity, home to plants and wildlife that have been significantly affected by grazing, mineral extraction, and other land-use activities in the surrounding area.
The fauna found here includes elk, deer, bobcats, rabbits, badgers, porcupines, bats, snakes, lizards and other amphibians, and diverse bird populations. A number of ecosystems comprise the canyon vegetation, including pinyon-juniper woodlands, riparian with cottonwood and willow, and other numerous scrub and wildflower communities.
NPS Photo by Marshall G. Clayton
Scientific research in the park is ongoing and often overlaps projects concerning the cultural resources. Studies are as varied as fossil inventories, native plant surveys, annual bird counts, and rock monitoring.
Did You Know?
In 1937, a Civilian Conservation Corps group began work at Chaco. An all-Navajo crew of stonemasons repaired many of the excavated Chacoan buildings. Preservation measures continue to this day, and several members of the NPS preservation crew are second and third generation stonemasons. More...