South Mesa Trail

Dark clouds highlight a double rainbow rising high above the mesa and green vegetation of the canyon below.
Rainbow over canyon

Jim Spadaccini


Entire loop trail: 4.5 miles (7.2 km) total (3-4 hours)
Tsin Kletsin: 3.0 miles (4.8 km) roundtrip (2-3 hours)


Casa Rinconada trail, Stop 10

Elevation gain:

600 feet (183 meters)

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

A black and white map of a dashed loop trail called South Mesa Trail. Solid lines indicate the road, with dark black archeological sites identified on the map. Several features are identified within the map.
South Mesa Trail
Remains of stone walls rise about the surrounding desert landscape, with vegetation reclaiming the area around the crumbling walls.
Tsin Kletsin on South Mesa trail

Jedediah Drolet

Last updated: March 19, 2024

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