Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves
one of America's most significant cultural and
historic areas. Chaco Canyon was a major center of
Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250.
Chacoan sites are part of the sacred homeland of
Pueblo Indian peoples of New Mexico, the Hopi
Indians of Arizona, and the Navajo Indians of the
Southwest, all of whom continue to respect and honor
them. Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a
very special place. Remote and isolated, it offers
few amenities, so come prepared. You will find that
the rewards are unlimited.
The park is open everyday from sunrise to sunset.
The Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. The park visitor center is closed on
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, in
observance of these holidays, but the park's roads,
sites, trails and campground will remain open.
Chaco Canyon is located in northwestern New
Mexico. The preferred and recommended access route
to the park is from the north, via US 550 (formerly
NM 44) and County Road (CR) 7900, and CR 7950.
From the north, turn off US 550 at CR 7900--3
miles southeast of Nageezi and approximately 50
miles west of Cuba (at mile 112.5). This route is
clearly signed from US 550 to the park boundary (21
miles). The route includes 8 miles of paved
road (CR 7900) and 13 miles of rough dirt road
From the south, two routes access Chaco from
Highway 9, which runs between Crownpoint, Pueblo
Pintado, and Cuba. Both routes can vary from very
rough to impassable. Not recommended for RVs. If you
are traveling from the south, please call ahead for
the latest conditions.
Via Hwy 57(Hwy 14 on some maps): This turnoff is
located on Highway 9, 13 miles east of Highway 371,
at the former Seven Lakes Trading Post. (20 miles of
Via Pueblo Pintado: At the community of Pueblo
Pintado, turn north on Navajo 46 for 10 miles (rough
dirt). Turn left on County Road 7900 for 7 miles
(some rough dirt). Turn left on County Road 7950,
and follow the signs 16 miles to the park entrance
(3 miles paved and 13 of rough dirt road).
The northern and southern routes include 13, 20,
and 33 miles of dirt roads, respectively. These
sections of road are infrequently maintained, and
they can become impassable during inclement weather.
If you have an RV and are not planning on camping in
the park, you may want to leave the RV and
drive a car into the park. Call the park
(505-786-7014) for current road conditions.
Where to Picnic: There are eight picnic
tables and five shade shelters in the Visitor Center
area. There are two picnic tables and two shade
shelters at Pueblo del Arroyo.