• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Penasco Blanco Trail

Photo of Penasco Blanco

Penasco Blanco

Jedediah Drolet

Distance:
Peñasco Blanco roundtrip 7.2 miles (4-6 hours)
Petroglyph Trail roundtrip 4.0 miles (2-3 hours)

Trailhead: Pueblo del Arroyo parking area

Elevation gain: 200 feet

The longest trail - relatively level - includes two spur trails (the Petroglyph Trail and the Supernova pictograph) where you can view numerous Chacoan and Navajo petroglyphs and historic inscriptions. Peñasco Blanco, an unexcavated great house, has a unique oval design and a spectacular natural setting. Hot summer sun and soft sand can make this a difficult hike.

 
Trail go Penasco Blanco
Trail to Penasco Blanco
 
Photo of doorway in Penasco Blanco
View of Penasco Blanco through doorway.

Did You Know?

R H Kern drawing of Pueblo Pintado

Many buildings got the names you see at the park today during an exploration under Lieutenant James Simpson in 1849. Simpson recorded the names given to him by one of his guides, Carravahal. They have linguistic origins in Spanish, Navajo, and Hopi.