Kin Bineola and Kin Ya' a Great Houses CLOSED
There is no public access.
Reservations required to attend equinox sunrise program
To attend the equinox sunrise program on Monday, September 22 call the visitor center at 505-786-7014. Program will be limited to 100 participants.
Wijiji Bike Trail
Tom Lyttle & Donna Smith
Trailhead: Located opposite the campground. (1 1/4 miles east of the Visitor Center).
Distance: 3 miles roundtrip
Elevation gain: Mostly level
Time: 1 to 2 hours
Note: This trail provides a short easy ride to a Chacoan great house
Permit required: Obtain a free permit at the Visitor Center, from a campground host, or self register at trailhead.
Wijiji is the most symmetrical of all the great houses in Chaco Canyon. The building contained about 225 uniformly-sized rooms, arranged compactly around two kivas. The rear row of rooms was three stories high; stair-stepping down to two stories; with one-story rooms surrounding the plaza. The uniform construction at this great house suggests that it was built in a single, brief constructions surge between AD 1110 and 1115.
Several features typical of Chacoan great houses are missing at Wijiji. There is no great kiva in the plaza, although one is located 1/2 mile away. Wijiji lacks a midden (trash deposit). Another typical great house feature missing at Wijiji is the arc of connected rooms enclosing the plaza. Some researchers think the people never completed Wijiji, which would explain the lack of refuse, great kiva, and enclosed plaza.
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...