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Old 06-12-2012, 04:43 PM   #29
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Why Chaco? The climate was possibly cooler and wetter then. Also, it was where they lived and as the population grew faster than the land could support and a decades' long drought hit, they moved away. Chaco was the center of the civilization and traces of ancient roads radiate out from there. Civilizations do very hard things in very difficult places for the sake of their beliefs.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:48 AM   #30
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Chaco Canyon - Take the time, go slow, enjoy it!

Having visited Chaco many times in the past 20+ years the dusty 13-mile dirt road accessing the canyon from the US550 can be a challenge when pulling an Airstream. However, go slow and just get there.

Recommend planning for a 2 or 3-night stay to allow plenty of time for walking/hiking around to some of the more remote sites. Most people that visit drive there for a "day-trip" - very few folks take the easy hikes to the interesting sites that are off the beaten path.

My last visit there was a motorcycle ride in October and it was fantastic. Great weather - an elk herd even met us at the entrance! There are 20+ primitive camp sites for trailers and more than double that if your interested in tent-camping only. The camp host was an Airstreamer!

Enjoy!
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:22 PM   #31
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I highly recommend camping in Chaco. It is very special and worth more than a day trip. You can find my account of our maiden voyage into Chaco with our brand new FC23FB in my early posts. Yes, the access road is rough, but just experiment a bit to find the best speed for your rig and the washboard, and you should be fine. We've done many more washboard roads since then, and have no regrets for the fine adventures. The only real road damage to our Airstream in over 20,000 miles was a cracked window rock guard suffered on I-10!
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