Chaco Culture National Park By: Adrienne Maier

Today, I am going on a 3 day trip to Chaco Culture National Park. The transportation I will be using is a car on the dirt road path in Northeastern New Mexico.

First, I decided to go on a guided tour around the park. It was called a Canyon Loop Drive and it was 9 miles long. I saw 6 major sights, Una Vida, Hungo Pavi, Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo del Arroyo, and Casa Rinconada. My favorite one was the Una Vida because it is one-mile long and full of rocky, steep paths. That might sound dangerous, but I enjoyed the story behind it.

On my second day at Chaco Culture National Park, I decided to go to watch a Starry Night Sky. I got to witness the best views of cosmos. It was an amazing and historical sight! The Chaco Culture National Park is one of the last remaining harbors of darkness for the public to experience.

On my last day, I decided to head to the hiking trails. There are four backcountry trails, and I decided to go on the Wijiji trail. It was built around AD 1100. What was most interesting about the Wijiji trail to me was that the typical Chacoan features, like enclosed plazas and great kivas are not at Wijiji.

After the 3 most amazing days at Chaco Culture Historical Park, I had to make my way home. Since the attraction has no food there because it is so big and historical, we had to leave the park and head to our hotel many miles away to get food. Then I would be taking a trip home. The past 3 days were so much fun, I'm so glad I got to experience a park so extraordinary!

Credits:

Created with images by snowpeak - "Park Sign" • Tim Brown Architecture - "Chaco Canyon" • markbyzewski - "_MG_3670_1_2Enhancera" • Marc Samsom - "25/2011 Clear destination"

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