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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Address: Nageezi, NM 87037
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Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings...

Chaco Canyon holds one of the largest collection of prehistoric buildings on the continent.

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The road to get into Chaco is quite rough, especially after any precipitation. But the park is worth it. The ruins are incredible! Unlike places like Mesa Verde, you can walk... read more

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Kalispell, Montana
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First, you cannot take a rental car out there. The 21 mile drive starts out with some pavement...turns into several miles of severe washboard and then deteriorates into a 4 miles of deeply rutted and rough red mud track. When it rains its slick as all get out...you can slide off the road and end up axle deep in muck....without... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The road to get into Chaco is quite rough, especially after any precipitation. But the park is worth it. The ruins are incredible! Unlike places like Mesa Verde, you can walk through the ruins without a tour (or with, if you choose) and really see a lot of the ruins. The sprawling ruins are an amazing sight. There are also... More 

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Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've visited several Indian ruins across the Southwest. Chaco Canyon is as good as it gets. I was fascinated by the fact that I could actually put my hands on masonry stones that were each touched and shaped by by someone's hand with crude stone tools .... over a thousand years ago. Be sure to stop at the Visitor's Center... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the most rewarding experiences that my family has had. The buildings, the hieroglyphics were absolutely amazing to witness what is shown on the history channels.

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Canon City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friends and I were doing a trip to various cliff dwellings and wanted to finish up with Chaco Canyon. This is a remote location with no food or beverages beyond a water fountain available. It does appear that some sort of vending machine is going in by the rest rooms. So plan accordingly. If it is a warm day you... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK - 21 miles of gravel and dirt road to get there - BUT - more than worth the ride. You have to put this on your "bucket list" when you are in or around north-west New Mexico. It is believed by the native indians that their life started here.

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Okoboji, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chaco is a little off the beaten path and the road in can be a little intimidating with about 13 miles of rough gravel and dirt which was a little wet and muddy. Luckily we had a large SUV although cars were on the road as well. After stopping at the visitor center we drove to the Pueblo Bonito and... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Road in is rough dirt so big rigs discouraged. Small trailer did well although a couple screws shook loose! But the ruins are AMAZING! Ranger shows/tours well done.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my fourth trip here in the past 20 years. Be aware, the last 6 miles of dirt road are washboard, gravel/dirt road gets bad after the wash but is passable in a passenger car. Do not attempt after rain. Always call for road conditions if recent rain. These lovely ruins are magnificent. They photograph beautifully. Generally there are... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Once you navigate the not so good dirt roads (and not when it rains), the park is well worth the visit. Can do it all in one day, including talks by park guides. If you want to do all the trails, though, need more time. And be prepared for a whole different perspective about these ancient dwellings. As noted elsewhere,... More 

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