Peñasco 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 in the summer months as the midday heat can be intense in the desert canyon. Chaco Culture National Historical Park 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.
Best Easy Day Hikes the Four Corners

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Best Easy Day Hikes 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 in the summer
months as the midday heat can be intense in the desert canyon.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park 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.

© 2017 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: Open year-round; (check website for closures). Best season: Early spring and late fall for cooler temperatures and 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 Peñasco Blanco Trail: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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