NPS Photo, Tom Lyttle
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.
Did You Know?
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...