Casa Chiquita Bike Trail
Trailhead: Beyond Pueblo del Arroyo parking area
Distance: 2 miles roundtrip
Time: 1 hour
Note: You may only ride a bike as far as Casa Chiquita. From there, you must hike to Penasco Blanco.
Permit required: Obtain a free permit at the Visitor Center, from a campground host, or self register at trailhead.
Casa Chiquita is a compact great house dating to the AD 1060s--possibly earlier--and thought to have been built in one construction episode. this site features a nearly square block of rooms surrounding an elevated kiva. The entire site was built into and on top of a natural hillside. The great house shares features in common with nearby Kin Kletso. Both sites are built in the McElmo style. This later style of construction uses the Chacoan great house plan with a different type of masonry--pecked, loaf-shaped blocks of tan sandstone. Both sites also feature a row of tiny, one-storey rooms along the front of the building
Did You Know?
The climate of Chaco Canyon 1,000 years ago was very similar to the climate in the park today, with annual precipitation of only eight to nine inches. The Puebloans constructed water control features like dams, canals, and headgates for farming in such a dry environment.