Did you know that you can ride your bicycle at Chaco Canyon - and how much fun it can be?
My first bike ride at Chaco was earlier this month (April). It's hard to believe I had not jumped on a bike before. I loved it, and got a great workout to boot! I rode the loop road, and to Casa Chiquita (where you must leave your bike and continue on foot - see photo). Next time I'll head to Wijiji.
Being on a bike provides a completely different experience as you explore Chaco. I loved feeling the wind on my face, hearing the birds, feeling the quiet. And I felt closer to the Chacoans.
Reasons to bring your bike:
- Get a great workout. The paved loop road is 9 miles, plus the distance to and from the campground. The dirt roads provide even better exercise.
- Feel more connected to what is around you. Amazing what a difference it is to be on your bike versus in the confines of a car. Feel the wind and sun on your face. Hear the sounds of nature - and the quiet.
- Ride, rather than walk, the dirt roads to Wijiji and Casa Chiquita. Both are fairly short, easy, level rides (1-2 hours), though can have areas of thick sand.
- For more experienced mountain bikers, try the ride to Kin Klizhin, a 24-mile roundtrip ride from the visitor center to a site outside the main park area (5-6 hours). It's on a deeply rutted 2-track road that can be a challenge even for 4-wheel-drive vehicles, so beware!
Tips for a fun and safe ride: