"No Longer a National Monument" Chaco Canyon National Monument by AlbuqRay

Now a National Historical Park

Note that VT has two destinations in their taxonomy with reviews that reference Chaco: Chaco Canyon National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park (the current name of the park). There is actually a third destination, Chaco Culture National Historic Park Historical Marker, but at least there are no reviews under it.

A National Historical Park is defined as an area that generally extends beyond single properties or buildings, and its resources include a mix of historic and sometimes significant natural features. There are now 60 former National Monuments and Chaco Canyon is one of them.

As of 2010, there were 41 National Historical Parks measuring 119,049 acres (481.7 kmē) and 78 National Historic Sites measuring 21,677 acres (87.7 kmē). Most National Historical Parks and National Historic Sites are managed by the National Park Service. Some federally-designated sites are privately owned, but are authorized to request assistance from the National Park Service as affiliated areas.

I decided to put my VT Chaco reviews, "Legacy of a Lost Culture," under the current designation, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, but be sure to read Goodfish's (Kate's) excellent reviews here under Chaco Canyon National Monument. I also have a Shutterfly website. There are like 75 pics in the Places album of scenes and things on the road into Chaco (starting at picture #224) and 474 pics with descriptions in the Chaco album itself.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing historical ruins and beautiful vistas
  • Cons:10 miles of washboard road each way when going in and out
  • In a nutshell:Remote site but well worth the effort to get there
  • Last visit to Chaco Canyon National Monument: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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