Pueblo Alto Trail
ElevationAscent: 451' 137 m
Descent: -367' -112 m
High: 6,436' 1,962 m
Low: 6,138' 1,871 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“A mesa-top trail to two ancient Chacoan great houses and views over Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl.”— Anne Travels
Family Friendly A popular trail by families - children love the ruins and the narrow slot leading up to the mesa top.
The path ascends the mesa, climbing near the Chacoan Steps and passing an old Chacoan Road. About 1.5 miles from Kin Klesto, you can begin to see the ruins of New Alto. Trails lead to New Alto and to Old Alto to the left and right, respectively, of the main trail.
Near Old Alto, turn right on the main path. The trail now traverses the mesa top with great views down on Chaco Canyon and beyond. About 0.5 miles after Old Alto, the trail descends to work its way across the rock on the edge of the mesa, passing the Jackson Staircase before entering a short slot section to descend to a lower rock shelf. The trail works it way back along this lower shelf with views down on Chetro Ketl and limited views of Pueblo Bonito. (At one time, the views down on Pueblo Bonito were spectacular from this section; for safety and trail rehabilitation, these viewpoints are no longer accessible from the trail.)
Arrive back at the Pueblo Bonito Overlook junction about 4.4 miles from Kin Klesto. Descend to the overlook for good views of Pueblo Bonito, then return to Kin Klesto via the trail.
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Land Manager: NPS - Chaco Culture National Park