• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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Wijiji Trail

Wijiji

Wijiji

NPS Photo, Tom Lyttle

Distance:

Wijiji roundtrip from parking area - 3.0 miles (2 hours)

Wijiji roundtrip from campground - 3.2 miles (2 hours)

Trailheads: Wijiji parking area and campground

Elevation gain: Insignificant

This trail leads to Wijiji, a later-period Chacoan great house built around AD 1100. Wijiji differs from sites like Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl in that it appears to have been built at once rather than several building periods. Evidence can be seen in the exceptional symmetry of the building plan and the uniform masonry. Typical Chacoan features such as enclosed plazas and great kivas are absent at Wijiji.

 
Map of Wijiji Trail
Trail to Wijiji
 
Wijiji
Wijiji back wall
NPS Photo, Russ Bodnar

Did You Know?

photo of cylinder jars from Chaco

Archeologist Patricia Crown discovered evidence of cacao in a cylinder jar from Chaco! This may be the earliest importation and use of cocoa north of where it is grown. Cacao is now processed into chocolate, but the Mayans and (later) the Chacoans may have consumed a bitter beverage. More...