Friday, July 6, 2012


Yesterday we left Abiquiu Lake, New Mexico and headed northwest toward Colorado planning to go on to Utah. Recently on the TV show Ancient Aliens I saw a piece on Chaco Canyon. Ever since, I have wanted to go there. But, several people had complained about the 13 or so miles of "washboard" dirt roads on the way to the park. No one else wanted to go so I initially gave in and said that I would pass it up. We took New Mexico Highway 96 to US Highway 550. Soon we passed the turnoff to Chaco Canyon. There are no campgrounds in the area so we kept going for almost 30 miles when we came to a service station with a big parking lot I went in and asked an attendant if we could park and leave the RV there so we could go back and visit Chaco Canyon. She said, "Sure." So I changed my mind and off Evin, the PUPS and I went back to Chaco Canyon. What a PATH it turned out to be. We were only there a little more than 3 hours.

We did not mind the dirt road too much because after being on it just a few miles this is what we saw on the "Open Range"!!!!

Evin did a great job with this and the following photo shots from the car window.

Heading home to the Lone Ranger and Tonto!!!!

Dry, dry country!!

Back on paved roads once we got to the entrance.

This is just on the way into the park.

One of many pueblos.

Evin checking it out.

Some very thick walls.
We have a busy day planned for tomorrow. Going to publish this for now; but, I will add to this post later, later!!
Evin is calling, more to come. Off to the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde!!

Will do more Chaco posts on a new post:  Chaco Canyon II


  1. Steve - that is a very beautiful area - quite remote the the scenery is worth the trip.

    1. In my humble opinion it was well worth taking the 13 miles of washboard road.

  2. Glad you're back to posting. Looks like you and Evin are really getting to see some beautiful country and wow! -- wild horses too. Keep in touch. Emily & Frank

    1. Good to hear from you. Hope all is well.