"Pueblo del Arroyo" Chaco Culture National Historical Park Things to Do Tip by AlbuqRay

  Trailhead for Pueblo del Arroyo
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  • Trailhead for Pueblo del Arroyo - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Trailhead for Pueblo del Arroyo
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  • Central Part of Pueblo del Arroyo - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Central Part of Pueblo del Arroyo
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  • Tri-Wall Addition at Pueblo del Arroyo - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Tri-Wall Addition at Pueblo del Arroyo
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  • Room with Long Wooden Beams at Pueblo del Arroyo - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Room with Long Wooden Beams at Pueblo del Arroyo
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  • Room with a View at Pueblo del Arroyo - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Room with a View at Pueblo del Arroyo
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October 2011 was the first time that I stopped at Pueblo del Arroyo. I had only done the sites on the Chaco loop road on my previous visit. There is a short, spur road off the far northwest end of the 9-mile loop road. At the end there is a parking lot with trailheads to the Wetherill Cemetery, Pueblo del Arroyo, and the Penasco Blanco / Pueblo Alto trails. Pueblo del Arroyo is a classic D-shaped great house located next to Chaco Wash ~250 meters west of Pueblo Bonito. It differs from other great houses in the canyon because it was not built near the northern cliff face and is oriented to the east rather than to the south.

Parts of the great house were originally four stories, and it had roughly 125 ground floor rooms. With approximately 300 total rooms and 17 kivas, it is the fourth largest of the Chacoan great houses. Construction occurred in discrete episodes, with initial activity occurring during the 1060's A.D. with additions into the first decades of the 12th century. After completion of the main roomblock, a tri-wall structure was added to the great house in the 1100's. While tri-walls occur at other sites in the Southwest (notably Aztec Ruins), Pueblo del Arroyo is the only structure in Chaco Canyon to have one.

Pueblo del Arroyo was undergoing some restoration in October 2011. It is an interesting site and definitely photogenic. See also a travelogue, Scenes at Pueblo del Arroyo.

Directions: At the end of the short, spur road off the far northwest end of the Chaco loop road
Website: http://www.chacoarchive.org/cra/chaco-sites/pueblo-del-arroyo/

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