Una Vida

Distance: 1.0 miles (round trip)

Chaco Culture National Historic Park, near Chaco Canyon in Northwest New Mexico

Close up of the petroglyphs

Close up of the petroglyphs


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
  • More Hikes in:
    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.

Trail Resources

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Basecamp(s) Information:
Chaco Canyon

Region Information:
Northwest New Mexico

Other Hiking Regions in:
New Mexico