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Pueblo Alto Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Nageezi, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 508 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Views

Rocky

Scramble

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Facilities
Getting There

Excellent

Roads to Chaco can be impassable during rainy or snowy weather.

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Laura Burnham
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I didn't do the full loop because I ran out of sun light. A sunset overlooking Pueblo Bonito is not a bad sight my friends. One of the most spiritual sunsets I have ever experienced. Do it.

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Clay Gish
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Took the dog on this trail. The start was intense for the dog, but he handled it well. Zero shade once up top.

John Thompson
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I didn't know how long and muddy the road was going to be or I may not have attempted the drive in the winter. Get gas first because there is not any services at all nearby. However, the park was astonishing once I got to it and the Peublo Alto Trail was breathtaking. In the winter I had the whole park to myself. There is a welcome center and you must sign in and carry a permit.

Lucetta T.
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Pay attention to park hours. It closed at 4:00 pm on March 25th, 2019, not at sunset as signs said in the park! Also, warning the last 4 miles of the northeast dirt road entrance was washboard (very bumpy). Took half hour to go 4 miles. But the Park was excellent! The hiking was somewhat like bouldering in places, very fun, and was well marked.

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Adam Peacock
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Amazing views especially at Pueblo Alto

Michele Holtz
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A bit scary climbing up, but worth every minute.

Alec Kercsó
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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.

Kim Bittle
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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.

Mark McQueen
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Chaco canyon is amazing to me and this hike just added to that amazement, I am also to grateful that dogs are allowed on this hike. The trail ascends the bluffs overlooking one of the sites at Chaco Canyon-Pueblo Bonito. The trail ascends through a crack in the bluff, and while easier than the stairways (ladders really) built into cliff walls still a fun challenging little climb. Along the trail are great overlooks of the ruins in the canyon/valley below as well as a view of Jackson Stairway, an ancient one ladder up the side of the bluff/cliff. Really amazing to contemplate all of the activity that must have existed here back in the day.

Shawn Q.
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Gorgeous hike! We took 2 dogs, a golden and a golden doodle up this hike, there're two narrow sections where they're a bit nervous, but overall a pretty easy hike for humans. Carry a lot of water, and the view of the ruins from above looks amazing. Campground at Gallo is amazing too but crazy cold, 6F at night.

Emily Fisher
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Gorgeous!! I definitely recommend this trail. It was one of the harder in the park, which was a nice change. Great views off of the mesa!l (especially Pueblo Bonita) Also, I would highly recommend this at sunset. The park closes as 5, but as long as you get out around that time it shouldn't be a problem.

Frederic Mounier
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Seul au monde!

Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

One of the least hiked but one of the best in the park. The climb to the rim should not discourage anyone. Its over quick and then it is an easy 5 miles. Great views, great historic pueblos and great topography.

Jennifer Nelson
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Hiking

Excellent hike! You can't beat the views of Pueblo Bonito. Starts out with a slight incline that's very rocky, after that it's pretty easy. Did this hike with my husband and very small dog. No shade so it would be very hot in the summer. Took just over two hours to hike the loop.

JD Tanner
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First to Review

Excellent hike. Once you get about .5 mile in the trail is all yours. Relatively flat terrain except the climb up on top of the canyon rim right at the start. Pass directly by two awesome set of ruins and get great views of Pueblo Bonito on the canyon floor below.

Laura Kalinyak
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Josh Meister
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Andy Haber
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Hank Holdridge
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Denise Maceyka
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Ray Phillips
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George Hardin
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John Horstman
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Lisa W.
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Bekah H
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Richard O'Brien
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Rob Emanuel
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Matt Muhlenkamp
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Jess Vaughn-Jansen
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Daniel Rapp
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