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    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Casa Chiquita Bike Trail

Photo of Casa Chiquita at sunset

Casa Chiquita at sunset

Trailhead: Beyond Pueblo del Arroyo parking area

Distance: 2 miles roundtrip


Elevation gain: 150 feet

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

 
Map of Casa Chiquita trail
Map of Bike trail to Casa Chiquita

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...