• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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    There is no public access.

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    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.

Casa Rinconada

Photo of T-shaped door in Casa Rinconada

T-shaped door at Casa Rinconada

Russ Bodnar

Casa Rinconada and SmallVillages
(1/2 mile, allow 30-45 minutes)

Located 6 miles from the visitor center on the 9-mile Canyon Loop Drive. The trail through Casa Rinconada and the nearby villages is ½ mile long, round trip. It is graveled, and climbs several short, steep rises, so assistance is recommended for people using wheelchairs. When you visit Casa Rinconada, you may use the trail guide to learn about the diverse types of Chacoan architecture and building styles, and the placement of these buildings in the Chacoan world. While the grand public buildings like Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl were in use, smaller, more typical villages existed alongside. This trail will introduce you to the diversity of architecture that existed at the center of Chacoan culture.

Click here to see a wayside exhibit of Casa Rinconada. (To get the Free Adobe Reader, which is required to read this pdf file, click here.)

Bring water and carry protection from the sun.

Photo of wall of Casa Rinconada at sunrise
Possible summer solstice marker on interior wall of great kiva.
Russ Bodnar
Photo of floor of Casa Rinconada
Interior of great kiva.
Russ Bodnar

Did You Know?

photo of cylinder jars from Chaco

Archeologist Patricia Crown discovered evidence of cacao in a cylinder jar from Chaco! This may be the earliest importation and use of cocoa north of where it is grown. Cacao is now processed into chocolate, but the Mayans and (later) the Chacoans may have consumed a bitter beverage. More...