• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    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?

Aerial photo of Chetro Ketl

While the rocks at Chaco Canyon are the same type of rocks as found at Mesa Verde National Park, there are no large alcoves at Chaco Canyon. A layer of clay in the sandstone at Mesa Verde causes alcoves to form and that layer is missing in Chaco Canyon. More...