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Pueblo Bonito

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Colorado Plateau, New Mexico

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  • View of the Pueblo Bonito ruins from the trailhead.- Pueblo Bonito
  • View of Pueblo Bonito from an overlook.- Pueblo Bonito
  • Pueblo Bonita has over thirty ceremonial Kivas and 800 rooms.- Pueblo Bonito
  • Raven at Pueblo Bonito.- Pueblo Bonito
  • A raven examining the ruins from above.- Pueblo Bonito
  • Supports have been added to some sections of walls.- Pueblo Bonito
  • View of several interconnected rooms.- Pueblo Bonito
  • The ruins are located along the side of a canyon wall.- Pueblo Bonito
  • One of Pueblo Bonito's many ceremonial kivas.- Pueblo Bonito
  • One of Pueblo Bonito's many ceremonial kivas.- Pueblo Bonito
  • From afar the structures blend in with the canyon walls.- Pueblo Bonito
  • View inside one of the kivas.- Pueblo Bonito
  • At one time many of the buildings had multiple stories.- Pueblo Bonito
  • The trail leads through several rooms.- Pueblo Bonito
  • The doorways are perfectly aligned with each other.- Pueblo Bonito
  • View inside one of the structures.- Pueblo Bonito
  • View inside one of the structures.- Pueblo Bonito
  • A small hallway leads to a larger room.- Pueblo Bonito
  • View inside one of the structures.- Pueblo Bonito
  • A doorway with an interesting design.- Pueblo Bonito
  • The only original, fully intact room open to visitors in Pueblo Bonito.- Pueblo Bonito
  • The trail follows along a crumbling wall on the way back to the parking lot.- Pueblo Bonito
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Pros: 
Well-preserved ruins. Easy trail.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Colorado Plateau, NM
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Pueblo Bonito, or Beautiful Town, is one of Chaco Canyons most significant sites and a must-see for anyone visiting Chaco Culture National Historical Park. It was constructed by the Ancestral Puebloans between 850 and 1150, and it is thought to have been the center of the Chacoan world by anthropologists. Pueblo Bonito consists of around 800 rooms, with buildings up to five stories high and walls that are up to 3 feet thick in sections. It also contains over 40 kivas, or subterranean circular structures used for religious purposes.

The short trail first rises to an overlook providing a panoramic view of the ruins and the surrounding landscape. As the trail descends to the central plaza it winds along multi-storied buildings, kivas, and crumbling walls. A section of the path leads inside the buildings, giving visitors a chance to fully appreciate the skill and precision of the Ancient Puebloans.

Due to the fragile nature of this World Heritage Site, please stay on the trails and do not climb, lean, or sit on the structures.

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