Penasco Blanco Trail Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Bloomfield, New Mexico

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This day hike through the New Mexico desert is a great little getaway. The 7.6-mile out-and-back hike in Chaco Canyon includes petroglyphs, pictographs, Chacoan ruins, and possibly some elk sightings. An early-morning or late-evening hike would be ideal should you choose to hike it in the summer months as the midday heat can be intense in the desert canyon. Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a US National Park Service historical park that is home to some of the most exceptional pueblos in the Southwest. The park is located in the Four Corners region in northwest New Mexico in a remote canyon. It contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico and preserves one of the United States’ most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas.
Hiking the Four Corners

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Hiking the Four Corners

by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

This day hike through the New Mexico desert is a great little getaway. The 7.6-mile out-and-back hike in Chaco Canyon includes petroglyphs, pictographs, Chacoan ruins, and possibly some elk sightings. An early-morning or late-evening hike would be ideal should you choose to hike it in the summer months as the midday heat can be intense in the desert canyon.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a US National Park Service historical park that is home to some of the most exceptional pueblos in the Southwest. The park is located in the Four Corners region in northwest New Mexico in a remote canyon. It contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico and preserves one of the United States’ most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas.

© 2015 JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bloomfield
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, PO Box 220, Nageezi, NM 87037; (505) 786-7014; www.nps.gov/chcu
Local Maps: USGS: Pueblo Bonito, NM; trail map available at the visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Penasco Blanco Trail: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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