• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Kin Bineola and Kin Ya' a Great Houses CLOSED

    There is no public access.

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?

Photo of Threatening Rock

The park considered a number of ideas for mitigating the damage that would be done if Threatening Rock fell. Proposed solutions included using dynamite to destroy it, anchoring it to the canyon wall with cables, or clearing out the rock debris behind it. It fell on January 22, 1941.