Chaco Culture National Historical Park contains the largest collection of ancestral pueblos in the Southwest, and one of the best ways to explore the pueblos (called great houses) and the rugged landscape is by bike on three main bicycle trails. While the visitors center is currently closed, you can still pick up some informational brochures outside the center. Take the 2-mile round-trip bike trek on the Peñasco Blanco Trail to see Casa Chiquita, a compact pueblo built into and atop a hillside. It features a nearly square block of rooms surrounding an elevated kiva. From there, park your bike at the racks and hike on the 7.4-mile round-trip trail to Peñasco Blanco (about a five- to seven-hour trek), where you’ll find Pueblo and Navajo petroglyphs. The 9-mile Canyon Loop Drive is a round-trip paved loop, open to cars and bikes, that leads to the Una Vida, Hungo Pavi, Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo del Arroyo, and Casa Rinconada pueblos. Along the trail, you’ll find racks to stow bikes so you can explore on foot the distinctive architecture, petroglyphs (at Una Vida), and fossils. Near the campground (currently closed due to COVID-19) and off the loop, you can also access the easy Wijiji Trail, which is about 3 miles round-trip. The most strenuous of the area’s bike treks is Kin Klizhin Trail. The 24-mile round-trip, two-track dirt road traverses rolling hills to reach this Chacoan great house community, which some archaeologists believe was a ceremonial and civic center. Along the way, riders will see the Pueblo Alto atop a north rim mesa as well as evidence of ancient roads leading to Chaco. —Steve Larese
Info: $25 per vehicle. (505) 786-7014; nps.gov/chcu.