• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Directions

Photo of vehicle on CR 7950

CR 7950 approaching Escavada Wash. Road is normally suitable for all passenger vehicles.

Russ Bodnar

Car
Chaco Canyon is located in northwestern New Mexico. The park can only be accessed by driving on dirt roads.

Warning: Some of the local roads recommended by map publishers and services using GPS devised to access Chaco are unsafe for passenger cars. Please use our written directions below to avoid getting lost or stuck.

From the north, turn off US 550 at CR 7900--3 miles southeast of Nageezi and approximately 50 miles west of Cuba (at mile 112.5). This route is clearly signed from US 550 to the park boundary (21 miles). The route includes 8 miles of paved road (CR 7900) and 13 miles of rough dirt road (CR7950). The 4 1/2 miles before entering the park are very rough.

From the south, two routes access Chaco from Highway 9, which runs between Crownpoint, Pueblo Pintado, and Cuba. Both routes can vary from very rough to impassable. Not recommended for RVs. If you are traveling from the south, please call ahead for the latest conditions.

Via Hwy 57(Hwy 14 on some maps): This turnoff is located on Highway 9, 13 miles east of Highway 371, at the former Seven Lakes Trading Post. (20 miles of dirt). Note that the signs directing you to turn off of Hwy 371 onto Highway 9 are missing.

Via Pueblo Pintado: At the community of Pueblo Pintado, turn north on Navajo 46 for 10 miles (rough dirt). Turn left on County Road 7900 for 7 miles (some rough dirt). Turn left on County Road 7950, and follow the signs 16 miles to the park entrance (3 miles paved and 13 of rough dirt road).

The northern and southern routes include 13, 20, and 33 miles of dirt roads, respectively. These sections of road are infrequently maintained, and they can become impassable during inclement weather. If you have an RV and are not planning on camping in the park, you may want to leave the RV and drive a car into the park. Call the park (505-786-7014) for current road conditions. Click here for a map of routes into Chaco.

Plane
The nearest airports are Farmington, NM, Gallup, NM, Durango,CO, and Albuquerque, NM.

Public Transportation
There is no public transportation to the park

 
Photo of Hwy 57 (14)
Hwy 57 (14). Rough road not recommended for RV's.
Russ Bodnar
 
Photo of HWY 57 (14)
Hwy 57 (14) entering park from the south. Road can be rough and rutted. May be impassable.
Russ Bodnar

Did You Know?

1778 Pacheco Map

The earliest map of the Chaco region was drawn in 1778 by Spanish cartographer Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco. The map identified Chaco Canyon area as "Chaca." "Chaca" is believed to be the origin of both "Chacra" (a nearby mesa) and "Chaco." More...