• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Pueblo Alto Trail

Distance:
Entire loop trail roundtrip - 5.1 miles (3-4 hours)
Pueblo Alto roundtrip - 3.2 miles (2 hours)
Pueblo Bonito overlook roundtrip - 2.0 miles (1 hour)

Trailhead: Pueblo de Arroyo Parking Area

Elevation gain: 270 feet

This trail provides spectacular overlook views of Pueblo Bonito and the other Chacoan buildings, enters Pueblo Alto and New Alto, passes by Chacoan stairs, ramps, and roads, and affords panoramic views of the San Juan Basin. This is an excellent introduction to the scope of the Chaco world.

 
Map of trail to Pueblo Alto
Pueblo Alto trail
 
Photo of Pueblo Alto
Pueblo Alto
 
Photo of Jackson stairs from Pueblo Alto trail
Jackson stairs from Pueblo Alto trail
Jedediah Drolet

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...