Pueblo Alto Trail Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Bloomfield, New Mexico

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This 5.6-mile lollipop hike is a moderate stroll from the Chaco Canyon floor to the canyon rim. The hike along the Pueblo Alto Trail will take hikers to several scenic overlooks of Chaco Canyon as well as views of a unique set of stairs that have been carved into the canyon wall. Be sure to check the park website for closures that may occur during flash flood seasons. Between AD 900 and 1150, it is believed that Chaco Canyon was a major center of culture for the Puebloan people. The Chacoans chiseled and shaped sandstone blocks and hauled wood from great distances in order to build what were at the time the largest buildings in North America. The advanced architectural skills of the people are undeniable, as many of the buildings look to have been aligned to capture the solar and lunar cycles.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

This 5.6-mile lollipop hike is a moderate stroll from the Chaco Canyon floor to the canyon rim. The hike along the Pueblo Alto Trail will take hikers to several scenic overlooks of Chaco Canyon as well as views of a unique set of stairs that have been carved into the canyon wall. Be sure to check the park website for closures that may occur during flash flood seasons.

Between AD 900 and 1150, it is believed that Chaco Canyon was a major center of culture for the Puebloan people. The Chacoans chiseled and shaped sandstone blocks and hauled wood from great distances in order to build what were at the time the largest buildings in North America. The advanced architectural skills of the people are undeniable, as many of the buildings look to have been aligned to capture the solar
and lunar cycles.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bloomfield
Distance: 5.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
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 Pueblo Alto Trail: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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