Hotel Chaco offers glamping trips to Chaco Canyon

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ALBUQUERQUE — Visitors to the Land of Enchantment can  experience the grandeur of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in luxury and style, when guided day and overnight glamping trips from Albuquerque’s Hotel Chaco resume for a new season on March 3.

Hotel Chaco, a boutique property inspired by the ancient architecture and civilization of Chaco Canyon, launched the tours in 2017 with partner Heritage Inspirations, LLC.

The excursions were so popular that an expanded schedule will be offered this year, with day trips every Saturday in March through November, and overnight glamping excursions coinciding with the spring and fall equinoxes. (March 19-20 and Sept. 22-23) Custom, private day or overnight trips on other dates are also available.

Located in northwestern New Mexico, Chaco Canyon National Monument, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was home to a thriving Pueblo culture between 850–1250 AD. What remains of the timber and sandstone buildings – designed to align with the movement of the sun, moon and stars – makes for fascinating exploration, all in a setting of natural desert beauty.

In ancient times, travelers to Chaco made the arduous trip by foot from many miles away. For the modern-day traveler, the journey still presents challenges, as the remote site is three-and-a-half hours from Albuquerque including an unpaved road to the park entrance.

“We conceived these trips as a way for more people to access and explore this magical place,” said Angelisa Murray, owner of Heritage Inspirations. “We take care of all transportation and logistics so our guests can simply relax and absorb the scenery.” According to Murray, day trip participants will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by Hotel Chaco’s chefs. For overnight guests, no comfort is spared. Spacious canvas tents are outfitted with plush mattresses on raised bed frames, and a gourmet dinner will be prepared and served under the stars.

For all guests, informative guides offer special insights into the area and provide all the tools needed to dive deeper into the mysteries of Chaco.

Day tours will be offered on Saturdays beginning in March through November 2018.  Cost per person is $275 plus tax ($249 for Hotel Chaco guests, who also enjoy a special $179 room rate.) 

Overnight glamping trips are offered March 19-20 and Sept. 22-23 and cost $750 plus tax per person (with a hotel room rate of only $179 plus tax available for pre- and post-tour nights.) Guide gratuities are not included.