Movement from this cavate area to the mesatop pueblo would have been constant. Stairways or hand and toehold trails like this one were cut into the stone in places. They provided safer and easier access from the cliffs to the mesa. Imagine carrying a small child or a vessel filled with water up and down this steep staircase. This soft, fragile rock is very dangerous to travel on today and is easily damaged by our footwear. These stairways have suffered unnecessary damage from use by present-day visitors. Protect these archeological features by using the trail instead.
Tsankawi Trail Stop 16
Last updated: February 24, 2015