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 programs are offered year-round, staff and weather permitting. During the busy season, 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 or on our calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Backcountry hiking trails lead visitors to remote Chacoan sites, passing ancient roads, petroglyphs, stairways, and spectacular overlooks of the valley. The trails are open at 7am; the time they close will depend on when you visit the park (Nov-Feb, 5pm; Mar-Apr, 7pm; May-Oct, 9pm). For your safety and protection, you will be required to sign in at the trailhead. There is no overnight backcountry camping; camping is only allowed in Gallo Campground.
Last updated: May 3, 2023