Distance: 1.0 miles (round trip)
Chaco Culture National Historic Park, near Chaco Canyon in Northwest New Mexico
This easy hike visits Una Vida, a Chacoan “Great House” near the Visitor Center. An optional spur path climbs to view small petroglyph panels.
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- Distance: 1.0 miles (round trip) to Una Vida
- Elevation: 6,190-ft. at Trailhead
6,350-ft. at Una Vida
- Elevation Gain: 160-ft. to Una Vida
- Difficulty: easy
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Chaco Canyon / Northwest New Mexico
Why Hike Una Vida
Una Vida is a Chacoan “Great House,” a large pre-planned multi-storied public building with distinctive masonry, formal earthen architecture and a great kiva. It exists today in a near-natural state of preservation, free from major vandalism and with only minor excavations and preservation repairs.
A one-mile round trip trail, which includes a visit to nearby petroglyphs, begins at the northeast corner of the Visitor Center parking lot. The trail to the ruins is easy. Beyond the ruins a steep, rocky path climbs to the petroglyph panel along the cliff face.
There is little or no shade along this route. Take plenty of water.
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Northwest New Mexico
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