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Great way to check out the Pueblo ruins. Don’t go on a gusty day; the switchbacks can be dangerous, but a very well maintained hike and you can hit the visitors center too.

Gorgeous views! Go early, as it gets crowded, but oh, so worth it! The tall walls or slots give shade too, so you don’t melt. High stepping towards the end make this a more challenging hike, but also interesting. Highly recommend!

Beautiful hike, feels like you're on the moon... recommend taking some Gatorade or something similar to get you through it. Sun reflecting from all angles can take its toll on you. Lots of sunscreen!

awesome trail........ it would have been fun to live here 300 years ago.......

Great moderate hike. Beautiful views.

mountain biking
5 days ago

my favorite trail system in new Mexico. the views are unbelievable!

hiking
5 days ago

Love this trail! If you want to spend the night somewhere before you hike then stay in Santa Fe or possibly North Albuquerque. Don’t bring a pet and bring $5 cash. They don’t take credit cards.

It’s a great quick hike but still a little strenuous. We went at 10:00 on a Saturday and we were done by 12:00. It was not very crowded at 10 but on our way back down it was pretty crowded. I would agree with the other comments.. go as early as you can!

Tough hike once I reached 3.5 miles.. stopped at 4 miles . The hike back to truck was slightly rough suggest good hiking shoes and thick socks.

Feel great & stronger.

I’ve made this hike twice. The first time I chickened out at the scramble area just below the peak. There were three of us and none of us had ever been there before. The other two went up the shear wall on the west side and made it to the top. The second trip I went with a group of real climbers that goes every year. The only thing they did differently was to take the east wall up the scramble. It looks dangerous but was surprisingly easy. You just have to know there are finger holds above you and put your hands there. I would do it again. But you sure get tired.

As others have mentioned, it’s easy to get lost on the way down. Wherever you turn on the way up make a mental note or take a picture for reference on the way down. The second group did not get lost. Our first group of three did.

hiking
7 days ago

Fun easy hike on a well maintained trail, giving us awesome views of the falls.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike from campground to the visitors center. The views of the canyon are incredible! The trail is well maintained and not difficult.

If your not in shape your gonna be hurting

Favorite trail to date.

Absolutely loved this trail. So much to take in from the views of distant snow capped mountains to ruins of tribal peoples. The many caves were exciting as were the petroglyphs. Loved climbing up and down the ladders and they had the cleanest bathroom I’ve ever seen in a park. Highly recommend this trail.

Nice hike, but not the best of the park

backpacking
10 days ago

So beautiful !

Great trail with some great views and moderate climbing. Some very cool inscriptions which provide historical perspectives. Would recommend a lunch on top and possibly stopping at el Calderon as well.

Amazing! Great trail, kids had a blast and not too strenuous! If you like geocaching there a some great ones along the trail!

hiking
12 days ago

This is a bucket-list must do hike! If you’re in the area, make this the one you do!

Favorite trail on my week in New Mexico thus far. I am not that adventurous but found this to be the right mix of challenge and beauty. The trail is very popular but worth it. The National Park pass gets you in free, otherwise it’s $5. There was another road leading up to the Memorial which was closed. I would have liked to explore that.

This was a great hike, views and terrain, awesome! The weather was mild being February (a plus). Being a 42 yr old Midwesterner with no significant local elevation changes this hike was a challenge but doable, 5.5 hrs out/back. You need to be in reasonable physical condition to complete it though. Also, must take plenty of water and some snacks. Well worth the planning!

Nice easy walk/hike. Beautiful views of the surrounding areas. Wish I would've packed a lunch so I could've had lunch at the very top. The weather was a little hot but still perfect. I highly recommend this stop. Great visitor center and mini gift shop. Everyone working was very helpful.

hiking
16 days ago

A short backcountry hike in Chaco Canyon, with breathtaking rewards...

The Pueblo Alto trail starts formally at Kin Kletsin which is a short walk from the Pueblo del Arroyo parking lot. It can be hiked as an out & back, or a longer teardrop route.

The beginning of the trail is a steep climb up the northwest side of the canyon, and is somewhat exposed before entering a narrow slot. It quickly reaches the canyon rim, and takes off southeast to contour the canyon, heading to a dramatic overlook of Pueblo Bonito. There are several interesting features to see along the way; watch for wooden park signs pointing them out.

Turning northward, the path climbs at a more leisurely pace, ascending to the Pueblo Alto and New Alto ruins with an expansive view of the canyon below. Directly south on the top of South Mesa, lies Tsin Kletsin, and to the northwest-west, is Peñasco Blanco, the two other clifftop great houses of Chaco Canyon.

This hike was easy enough to bring my eleven year old Vizsla along, but even in April, it's important to carry a couple of liters of water as the trail is primarily in the open sun and can be quite hot.

Returning down the slot can be a challenging, especially in the exposed section, as some of the "steps" are fairly tall. Because of her age, I decided to carry the dog down some of these rather than let her jump.

All in all, a very worthwhile hike.

GPS will not work inside the cavern, so forget about track recording. Otherwise a very nice, well maintained cave system. Walking up is not as difficult as it seems.

hiking
17 days ago

We did a ‘baby equilateral triangle’, went in for about only 5 markers, then cut across to the other side of the trail, and walked out, for a total of 1.5 miles. Worked great with children. With a lot of exploration on the way, took about 1 hour. Saw a bleached earless lizard. The sand just beneath north slopes was very cool despite the air temperature being well above 80s.

hiking
19 days ago

great trail, fairly uphill the whole way but absolutely worth the view. you start hiking from the parking lot by some skiiers and then split left. would definitely do again but yak tracks made all the difference, bring em!!

Beautifull. Very impressive views of a cuasi lunar/incredible landscape. Watch out that there is no trails or paths. Went with my wife and we were totally alone, If you are not carefull you can easily get lost.
Dont try to go from here to the Chaco Culture Natural Park following a GPS because the road dissappears. We managed to cross a dry river, but would not do it again without a 4x4.

hiking
21 days ago

Rangers will push people out of the trail at around 4pm! We arrived too late around 3:30 and only hiked half the trail before being intercepted by a ranger, together with a large contingency of turned back hikers. Even so, the first half was already spectacular. Sandy ground and slot canyon allowed only one person to pass in many places. The cone shaped features are well worth the trip.

hiking
21 days ago

Leisure hike on well groomed trail. Smell of sunshine and bushes. The four ladders were the highlight, and is reasonably family friendly — kids 6 or 7 years old seem to climb up and down with no problem. More things to see on the main loop, including a few more ladders (much shorter), and some pretty cool petroglyphs.

Beautiful views above the ruins. You can see for 100 Miles. Going up is a bit steep and may be difficult for people with a fear of heights. This is a great hike. Simply amazing.

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