• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

Getting Ready for 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!


  • Chaco Receives International Dark Sky Park Designation

    Chaco Observatory and telescope

    The dark night sky over Chaco Culture National Historical Park is one of the park's fundamental resources. The International Dark-Sky Association designated Chaco Culture as an International Dark Sky Park on August 19, 2013. Read more

  • Chaco Staff Partner with Santa Ana Pueblo to Introduce Pueblo Youth to Chaco

    Santa Ana Elders

    During the summer of 2012 Chaco Culture NHP staff collaborated with the Pueblo of Santa Ana elders and teachers, located near the town of Bernalillo, New Mexico, in an educational project. The program brought sixty pueblo youth to the park for several days. They met and interacted with park interpreters, researchers, an archaeologist, and geologist. The students also had the opportunity to study their own culture. Read more

  • Area Students Discover Chaco

    Animas 2nd graders meeting with park staff

    During the 2012-2013 school year, Chaco Culture National Historical Park piloted a second grade curriculum based program with Animas Elementary School in Farmington, NM. The program brought the students out to the park where they interacted with park staff as they participated in a number of activities. Read more

Did You Know?

R H Kern drawing of Pueblo Pintado

Many buildings got the names you see at the park today during an exploration under Lieutenant James Simpson in 1849. Simpson recorded the names given to him by one of his guides, Carravahal. They have linguistic origins in Spanish, Navajo, and Hopi.