• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Petroglyph Trail

Photo of petroglyph along trail

Possible supernatural figure at stop 13 along trail.

Russ bodnar

Petroglyph Trail
(1/4 mile, allow 30 minutes)

If you are planning on visiting both Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl, you may consider walking along the cliff face between the sites on the Petroglyph Trail. Trail guides are available at both ends of the trail. Take water and travel in small groups to lessen impacts to this fragile area. Bring binoculars to better view the high petroglyphs. Please stay on the designated trail, and do not climb the rocks
Photo of mountain lion petroglyph
Petroglyphs of bird and possible mountain lion at stop 10 along trail.
Russ Bodnar
Photo of interconnected spirals and petroglyphs
Interconnected spirals and petroglyphs at stop 11.
Russ Bodnar

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...