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The trail is open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset. The park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. A free permit (available at the Casa Rinconada & Small Villages
Trailhead) is required to run the trail.
Need to Know
Use care ascending and descending the mesa, as the dirt and stones can be loose underfoot.
The South Mesa Loop begins at the furthest south village of the Casa Rinconada & Small Villages
. Follow the path as it switchbacks up to the top of the mesa then heads southward - be sure to look back at Chaco Canyon. Arrive at Tsin Kletzin about mile 1.4. Most people turn around here for an out & back run.
To complete the loop, turn westward on the South Pass Trail. The path finishes crossing the mesa and descends back to the canyon, turning northward. About mile 3.2, the path joins an Indian Service Road; turn right. Follow the road not quite a mile to the access trail, on right, that will take you back to the Casa Rinconada & Small Villages
Trail near the Great Kiva.
Shared By: Anne Travels