• 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?

Photo of a conch trumpet

A thousand years ago when Chaco was flourishing, you could hear the loud sounds of sea shell trumpets echoing off the canyon walls. The people traded for conch shells with groups along trade routes that stretched deep into present-day Mexico and the Gulf of California. More...