Chetro Ketl

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Colorado Plateau, New Mexico

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Chetro Ketl


  • Entrance to Chetro Ketl.- Chetro Ketl
  • Chetro Ketl south wall.- Chetro Ketl
  • The great kiva at Chetro Ketl.- Chetro Ketl
  • The  great kiva at Chetro Ketl.- Chetro Ketl
  • Chetro Ketl.- Chetro Ketl
  • The north wall at Chetro Ketl.- Chetro Ketl
  • Detail of the construction at Chetro Ketl.- Chetro Ketl
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Easy access from Pueblo Bonito parking lot. Second-largest ruin. Large kiva.
Colorado Plateau, NM
Pets allowed: 
0.20 mi (0.32 km)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
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Spring, Fall
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Chetro Ketl is one of the largest of the Chaco Canyon great houses, and it is a popular stop in Chaco Culture National Historical Park since it shares a parking area with the undoubted highlight of the park, Pueblo Bonito. Chetro Ketl is a worthwhile companion to Pueblo Bonito because it also displays the scope of the builiding projects at Chaco as well as the construction and design skills the Chaco people possessed.

From the parking lot it is a short trek to the Chetro Ketl site, the highlight of which is the large kiva in the center of the massive elevated earthen plaza. The great north wall is an extremely large and intact structure that shows off how the large beams were incorporated into the masonary structure.

The short trail between Chetro Ketl and Pueblo Bonito is easy and informative, and it highlights the huge sandstone masses that separate from the main cliff and eventually crash down, as happened to a section of Pueblo Bonito in 1941.

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