• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Bicycling at Chaco

Bicyclists in front of Fajada Butte

Biking at Chaco

Tanya Ortega de Chamberlain

Bicycling is a great way to visit many of the Chacoan sites and to experience the canyon, its wildlife, its solitude, and the ever-changing environment. Below are the bicycling options to consider.

The Canyon Loop Drive

Bicycling the 9-mile paved Canyon Loop Drive is an excellent way to begin. The road is nearly level, and open from sunrise to sunset. Bike racks are located at the Visitor Center and the parking areas at the Chacoan sites: Hungo Pavi, Pueblo Bonito and Cheto Ketl, Pueblo del Arroye, and Casa Rinconada. The drive begins just beyond the Visitor Center. Please remember that the road is one way. Be alert for traffic. Please stay on the road and designated bike trails.

For your comfort and bicycling safety

*Wear a helmet.
*Secure bikes at the bike racks.
*Follow the rules of the road and be alert for vehicles. Please ride single file.
*Carry plenty of water and snacks with carbohydrates.
*Prepare for extreme weather. Bring along sun protection, a hat, and rain gear.

Your can help protect and preserve this significatant park of our work heritage by following basic rules:

*Do not collect pottery or other protected artifacts, plants, or rocks anywhere in the park.
*Do not walk, climb, sit, or lean on fragile walls.
*Stay on designated roads and trails. Do not take bikes cross country or into sites.
*Pets are not permitted in sites.
*The Chacoan sites and the Canyon Loop Drive close at sunset. Camping only in Gallo Campground.
*Night riding requires lights and reflectors, and is limited to paved roads and the campground road.

Did You Know?

Photo of Scarlet Macaw

A thousand years ago, when Chaco was flourishing, you could hear the squawks of Scarlet ( Ara macao ) and Military ( Ara militaris ) macaws in the high desert. Live birds were traded along routes that stretched deep into present-day Mexico. They kept the live birds in rooms at Pueblo Bonito. More...