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Sep 01 2018
jochal
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 Guides 2
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 Photos 1,878
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35 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Chaco Culture National Historical Park TrailsNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2018
jochal
Hiking12.40 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles
600 ft AEG
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Day and a half in Chaco; showed up Saturday mid day and left Monday morning, staying in the campground.

Right after we got into the visitor center, we were greeted by a good thunderstorm. Very hard rain for half an hour and a solid 10 or so minutes of hail. It was very cool driving through the canyon with mud waterfalls coming down. Over the next couple of days, the wash had a pretty good flow going.

We spent most of the afternoon Saturday hitting the loop ruins, then Sunday morning we did the Pueblo Alto backcountry trail, finished up the loop ruins, then I rushed through Wijiji solo.

Would have liked to get the South Mesa trail, but will have to come back for it and Pensaco blanco. Also did not do overlook trail

Loved the canyon, had been wanting to come for a good long while.
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May 21 2018
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
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 Photos 4,071
 Triplogs 2,568

61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Chaco Culture National Historical Park TrailsNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar May 21 2018
trekkin_gecko
Hiking8.70 Miles 840 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles
840 ft AEG
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john and i had a reservation at gallo campground
before setting up camp sunday night, we did the short hike to una vida ruin and checked out the petroglyphs above
the next morning we packed up (after coffee :) ) and hiked along the canyon walls in the campground looking for and finding plenty of petroglyphs
went right onto the wijiji trail from camp, following an old road east to the ruins
hiked further east to see petroglyphs and pictographs
returned to the campground and drove over to the wetherell cemetery, then followed the petroglyph trail over to pueblo bonita and chetro ketl
both great houses were amazing and well worth spending a little time there
hit the road after that
quick trip, but i think we packed in as much as we could
there are a few more things to see and a couple of hikes to do in both chaco canyon and petrified forest
thanks for thinking of this, john
it was a great trip

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May 21 2018
johnlp
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 4,104
 Triplogs 3,178

62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Chaco Culture National Historical Park TrailsNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar May 21 2018
johnlp
Hiking8.70 Miles 840 AEG
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Whirlwind of cool stuff to finish our Chaco experience. :)
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May 24 2014
Dennyforreal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 149
 Triplogs 131

34 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
Chetro KetlNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar May 24 2014
Dennyforreal
Hiking0.75 Miles 30 AEG
Hiking0.75 Miles
30 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Jun 28 2012
Stoic
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 Routes 190
 Photos 4,511
 Triplogs 378

43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Chaco Culture National Historical Park TrailsNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2012
Stoic
Hiking11.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   8 Hrs      1.38 mph
750 ft AEG
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Day 3

Pueblo Pintado
Chaco National Park
Fajada Butte
Hungo Pavi
Chetro Ketl
Petroglyph Trail
Pueblo Bonito
Pueblo Alto Loop
Kin Kletso
Pueblo Del Arroyo/ Wetherell grave site
Casa Rinconada
South Mesa Loop Tsin Kletzin site
Chacoan Stairway
Una Vida


Last minute decision to come to Chaco. It was very hot, but worth the hike. SPF 100, worked well. I did burn my lips badly. They where swollen the next morning, and now blistered.. Lesson learned....
Sorry, i tried to narrow the pictures down. There is a lot. I started with over 400.
Named place
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Fajada Butte
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Jun 20 2011
squatpuke
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 Guides 5
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 Photos 1,454
 Triplogs 166

52 male
 Joined Apr 04 2002
 Flagstaff, AZ
Chetro KetlNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2011
squatpuke
Hiking0.75 Miles 30 AEG
Hiking0.75 Miles      30 Mns   1.50 mph
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After just completing the Pueblo Alto Loop and the hike east through "Downtown Chaco"...the other 3 dudes on our hike pooped out...as well, they had seen Chetro Ketl on a previous trip so they politely excused themselves for a hike back to Rob's truck. The plan was to pickup Bekah and I after we examined this last Great House....

There were workers adding some new fencing within the ruins....one past me walk along the back wall and he said the entire back wall was "untouched", never reinforced or modified....

As we walked back to the PB parking area...I noticed a familiar dark blue Ford Ranger driving in REVERSE back along the one way road from Pueblo Arroyo parking area...(I hope nobody saw me get in that vehicle... :oops: )
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Jun 19 2011
Trishness
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 Guides 14
 Photos 720
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60 female
 Joined May 21 2003
 Apache Junction,
Kin BineolaNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2011
Trishness
Hiking10.00 Miles 30 AEG
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Spectacular outliers!!!! Great group!! Loved all the ruins.
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"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds" Ed Abbey
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Jun 21 2008
PaleoRob
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38 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Chetro KetlNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2008
PaleoRob
Hiking0.75 Miles 30 AEG
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The first of the three linked hikes we did on the Solstice, from Chetro Ketl to the Petroglyph Trail to Bonito and then back to the truck.
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Jul 24 2007
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
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 Triplogs 586

46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Chetro KetlNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2007
Crzy4AZ
Hiking0.75 Miles 30 AEG
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Got rained on - actually poured on during an afternoon storm. Favorite part of these ruins was the blue turquoise tiles in one of the rooms.
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Jul 24 2007
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
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46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Hungo PaviNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2007
Crzy4AZ
Hiking0.25 Miles 1 AEG
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Got totally rained out with a summer monsoon storm out of nowhere near here. Went back to the car and napped with monster droplets pounding the windshield. Eventually it let up and we went back out to see more ruins.

The sound of the rain reminded me of summer downpours in the late afternoon as a kid running to our station wagon in a mass exodus from the community pool with bare feet on hot pavement. My wet bathing suit stuck to the faux-leather seats and later shivering with goose bumps from the air conditioner blasting into the back seat.
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Jul 06 2007
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pueblo BonitoNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2007
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking12.35 Miles
Hiking12.35 Miles   10 Hrs      1.24 mph
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Chaco Canyon - New Mexico

This was a pilgrimage of sorts to the acknowledged center of Southwestern Puebloan society. I can't really explain my general fascination with ruins, but the enigmatic mystery certainly is a major component. There's probably no better place to further fuel this fascination than Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

Lynn, Tobyn, and I decided to spend an extended July 4th weekend in New Mexico leaving Sarah at home to look after the dogs (besides, she also had to work). The plan was to make base camp at the Holiday Inn in Farmington NM and get an early morning start (ie. 5:00 am) each day. This ensured our accommodations since camping at the Gallo Campground within Chaco Canyon is severely limited.

Waking up before sunrise (New Mexico is on daylight savings time) we headed 11 miles east along Hwy 64 to Bloomfield NM and the junction with Hwy 550. Interesting that we passed the Salmon Ruins site (see http://www.salmonruins.com/ ) and Aztec Ruins site (see http://www.nps.gov/azru/ ) on route to Chaco Canyon. Take Hwy 550 south from Bloomfield 39 miles to CR7900. Continue south along this paved county road for about 5 miles until you reach the signed junction with CR7950. Heading in a westerly direction, turn onto CR7950. This county road is paved for the first couple of miles, but soon turns into a bone-jarring, rutted, dirt path that may be impassible in wet weather. Traveling about 15 miles along CR7950, you cross the boundary into the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. We covered the 70 miles to Chaco from our Farmington NM hotel in about 1 1/2 hours.

The roads within the Historic Park are paved! Fajada Butte (famous for its' Sun Dagger Site) appears on the horizon within the canyon. We made our way to the visitor center. Although the park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, the visitor center hours are only 8 am to 5 pm. With the time now only 7:00 am, we decided to check some of the close-by ruins, Una Vida and Hungo Pavi.

Having our annual NPS pass, we decided to display this on the dashboard and move on to the truly massive and mysterious Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl ruins. The 0.25 mile long Petroglyph Trail connects the two Chacoan "great houses". The site is beyond words, so I won't even make an attempt to describe it here.

Having completed a couple of hours at the two "great houses", we headed to the next "MUST DO" trail, the Pueblo Alto backcountry trail that includes overlooks of Kin Kletso, Pueblo Bonito, and Chetro Ketl. A 200 ft scramble up a "crack-in-rock" trail is required to get to the lookout vistas. Tobyn and Lynn hung back as I made the way along the ledge top trail.

We moved on to the Penasco Blanco backcountry trail. We decided to stop at the initial petroglyph panels just beyond Casa Chiquita. The Casa Chiquita site is unexcavated, allowing one to ponder how the ruins looked 100 years ago before any restoration work was initiated.

Having completed the 2 backcountry trails, it was time to have a snack and beverage back at the air-conditioned truck. While Lynn and Tobyn relaxed, I sprinted around the Pueblo del Arroyo site.

We then moved on to the Casa Rinconada Community that includes the largest known kiva in Chaco Canyon. It was a strange coincidence that we ran into Mike & Sandy Mattes at this site. I knew Mike was off to visit Zion, Bryce and Mesa Verde this week. It turned out that Chaco was a spur of the moment decision since it was (sort of) on the way back to Phoenix from Mesa Verde. After completing the loop trail, we decided to head back to the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center is rated highly by me containing a wonderful selection of artifacts uncovered during many of the archaeological digs. The collection of "evidence bags" made a compelling statement about the stupidity of many of the "Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979" violators.


Trail Summary:

1. Una Vida & Petroglyph Loop Trail is 1.0 miles long. My rating = 2, FAIR
Reference http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/una-vida.htm
2. Hungo Pavi Loop Trail is 0.25 miles long. My rating = 4, ABOVE AVERAGE
Reference http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/hungo-pavi.htm
3. Chetro Ketl Loop Trail is 0.5 miles long. My rating = 5, OUTSTANDING
Reference http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/chetro-ketl.htm
4. Chetro Ketl to Pueblo Bonito Petroglyph Trail is 0.25 miles long. My rating = 3, SOLID CONTENDER
Reference http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/p ... -trail.htm
5. Pueblo Bonito Loop Trail is 0.5 miles long. My rating = 5, OUTSTANDING
Reference http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/pueblo-bonito.htm
6. Pueblo del Arroyo Loop Trail is 0.25 miles long. My rating = 3, SOLID CONTENDER
Reference http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/p ... arroyo.htm
7. Casa Rinconada Community Loop Trail is 0.5 miles long. My rating = 3, SOLID CONTENDER
Reference http://www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/c ... conada.htm
8. Chacoan Staircase Lookout is 0.1 miles long. My rating = 2, FAIR


Backcountry Trail Summary:
NOTE: Hiking permits are required for these trails. They are free and available at the Trail Head and Visitor Center. Trails are open sunrise to sunset.
1a. Pueblo Alto Loop Trail is 5.1 miles long. My rating = 5, OUTSTANDING
1b. Pueblo Bonito Overlook is 2.0 miles long roundtrip. My rating = 5, OUTSTANDING
1c. Kin Kletso Trail is 0.5 miles long roundtrip. My rating = 4, ABOVE AVERAGE
2a. Penasco Blanco Trail is 7.2 miles long roundtrip. My rating = TBD
2b. Casa Chiquita & Petroglyph Trail is 4.0 miles long roundtrip. My rating = 4, ABOVE AVERAGE
3a. South Mesa Loop Trail is 3.6 miles long. My rating = TBD
3b. Tsin Kletzin is 2.6 miles long roundtrip. My rating = TBD
4. Wijiji Trail is 3.0 miles long roundtrip. My rating = 3, SOLID CONTENDER



See links for more info:

http://www.nps.gov/chcu/ for background cultural history

http://www.nps.gov/chcu/photosmultimedi ... 4#e_144965 for historical photographs (4-pages)


Talking with one of the Rangers, late September and October are considered the "best times" to visit. The area has finished with Monsoon rains and heat and its fall season before the winter snows. Maybe consider a return visit to eliminate any "TBD's" from the trail ratings. I also hear the backcountry trails and the pottery sherd dump at Angel Peak Badlands at the end of the 30 mile Chacoan Road north from Pueblo Alto calling me. I'll also have to include the Salmon Ruins and Aztec Ruins sites...
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