Things To Do
The majority of the park and cultural sites are self-guided year-round. Six major sites are located along the 9-mile long Canyon Loop Drive. These sites include Una Vida, Hungo Pavi, Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo del Arroyo, and Casa Rinconada. You may purchase self-guided trail guides at the Visitor Center bookstore.
Ranger-led walks of Pueblo Bonito are offered year-round. From April to October, additional programs are offered. Check at the Visitor Center or call 505-786-7014 for current program information. The Chaco Night Sky Program occasionally presents astronomy programs, daytime solar viewing, and telescope viewing of the spectacular dark night sky in the evenings. Check the schedule at the Visitor Center.
Four backcountry hiking trails lead visitors to remote Chacoan sites, passing ancient roads, petroglyphs, stairways, and spectacular overlooks of the valley. The trails are open from 7am until sunset. For your safety and protection permits are required. They are free at the Visitor Center and at the trailheads. There is no overnight backcountry camping; camping is only allowed in Gallo Campground.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park hosts noted historians, archeologists, artists, musicians, and Native American leaders to share their insights and knowledge of Chaco throughout the summer and fall. Check the Visitor Center for the schedule.
Did You Know?
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...