Una Vida Trail

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Located 47.9 miles from Bloomfield, New Mexico (NM)
4 Stars
812 Steps 1  (0.4 mi)

The trailhead for the interpretive Una Vida Trail is located at the northwest corner of the parking lot at the Chaco Canyon Visitor Centre. A wide graveled trail leads to the ruins of the Chacoan Great House. Follow the trail leading to the sandstone cliffs; the steep but short trail leads to a vast array of rock art and petroglyphs. The art depicts images of solar signs, geometric forms and clan figures. From this viewpoint a great opportunity exists to look down onto the ruins of Una Vida; there are over 150 rooms and several Kivas established here. Building commenced at this site around 800AD and during the following 250 years, many construction projects continued to accommodate the expanding community. Please respect this sacred site, do not disturb or remove the artifacts and leave no trace.

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The Una Vida Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,300 ft (1,920 m), a minimum elevation of 6,166 ft (1,879 m), and an elevation range of 134 ft (41 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
8120.4 mi6,166 ft6,300 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
12 min10.4125 ft4 ft
[ B to A ]
10 min0.34 ft125 ft

What is the length of the Una Vida Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) or 812 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Una Vida Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 12 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 10 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 Una Vida 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 an Una Vida trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Una Vida 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.