Pueblo Bonito Trail

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Located 46.0 miles from Bloomfield, New Mexico (NM)
4 Stars
1,114 Steps 1  (0.5 mi)

The Pueblo Bonito Trail is a short graveled trail that leads to what is considered to be the most important and thoroughly excavated of all the Chacoan sites at Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Construction of the Chacoan Great house commenced during 850AD and has undergone various phases of construction through to 1150AD; 600 rooms have been discovered which include over 30 Kivas and 2 Great Kivas used for rituals and ceremonies. Many rooms were designated for storage. Meeting rooms were used by travelers from other Puebloan communities and Chacoan families would also reside here, occupying three or four rooms per family.

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There have been numerous excavations of this magnificent site over the years; the most important of the discoveries was conducted during 1896-1900 by Richard Wetherill and the philanthropist Hyde brothers. Many artifacts were uncovered, including flutes, pottery, bones and a sacred burial ground.

While exploring this structure, look at the rock wall located behind Pueblo Bonita; petroglyphs dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries depicting six toed feet and what the ancients considered as their solar and lunar cycles can be seen.


The Pueblo Bonito Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,166 ft (1,880 m), a minimum elevation of 6,131 ft (1,869 m), and an elevation range of 35 ft (11 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,1140.5 mi6,131 ft6,166 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
14 min2.530 ft21 ft
[ B to A ]
14 min1.821 ft30 ft

What is the length of the Pueblo Bonito Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) or 1,114 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pueblo Bonito Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 14 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 14 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Pueblo Bonito Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Chaco Culture National Historical Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Pretty Rock, NM
  2. North Topo Map: Pueblo Bonito NW, NM
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Kimbeto, NM
  4. West Topo Map: Kin Klizhin Ruins, NM
  5. Topo Map: Pueblo Bonito, NM
  6. East Topo Map: Sargent Ranch, NM
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Nose Rock, NM
  8. South Topo Map: Seven Lakes NW, NM
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Seven Lakes NE, NM

Is there a Pueblo Bonito trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Pueblo Bonito Trail is located on the Pueblo Bonito topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.