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    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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?

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