• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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South Mesa Trail

photo of rainbow over canyon

Rainbow over canyon

Jim Spadaccini

Distance:
Entire loop trail - 3.6 mile roundtrip (3-4 hours)
Tsin Kletzin 2.6 miles roundtrip (2-3 hours)

Trailhead: Casa Rinconada Trail, Stop 10

Elevation gain: 450 feet

This trail leaves from Stop 10 on the Casa Rinconada trail, climbs to a high point on South Mesa, and leads to the great house Tsin Kletzin. Spectacular views of the surrounding landscape are visible at the site. The loop trail descends into South Gap, follows the Chacoan South Roads, and re-enters the canyon near Casa Rinconada.

 
Map of South Mesa Trail
South Mesa Trail
 
Photo of Tsin Kletzin
Tsin Kletzin on South Mesa trail
Jedediah Drolet

Did You Know?

R H Kern drawing of Pueblo Pintado

Many buildings got the names you see at the park today during an exploration under Lieutenant James Simpson in 1849. Simpson recorded the names given to him by one of his guides, Carravahal. They have linguistic origins in Spanish, Navajo, and Hopi.