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Kin Kletso, NM

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Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 6,116 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 Hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.25
Interest Ruins & Historic
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Chaco Culture National Historical Park Trails
5  2011-06-20 squatpuke
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Chaco Culture National Historical Park Trails
Author squatpuke
author avatar Guides 5
Routes 5
Photos 1,479
Trips 170 map ( 1,103 miles )
Age 54 Male Gender
Location Flagstaff, AZ
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Navajo for "Yellow House"
by squatpuke

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park located in Northwestern New Mexico has the highest concentration of ancient pueblos in the Southwest and is an excellent place to study pre-Colombian, Anasazi history. (Make sure you have a few days to explore the outlier areas.)

Located in "Downtown Chaco" and about 1/2 mile northwest of the HUGE Pueblo Bonito, Kin Klesto is a medium sized-great house with roughly 55+ rooms and 4 kivas; 2 of which are larger and centrally located inside the ruin. The western-most kiva has been identified as a "Tower Kiva" (similarly found in Chetro Ketl) because of its single T-shaped door and lack of distinct upper-level flooring. Kin Kletso, and nearby New Alto, are built on the later McElmo style construction believed to originate from northern Anasazi immigrants, perhaps from the Mesa Verde region. Tree-ring data suggests the site to have a very short construction time-frame of about A.D. 1125-30.

Located behind Kin Kletso is the signed (and ancient) trail-head for the Pueblo Alto Loop trail which provides access to New Alto, Jackson's Staircase, Pueblo Bonito Overlook as well as Pueblo Alto itself.

Kin Kletso is a garbled mispronunciation of Kin Litsooi, meaning Yellow House in the Navajo language. (;

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2011-07-12 squatpuke
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Chaco Canyon HP National Park
    $8 per vehicle good for 7 days Entrance Fee

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Chaco Culture National Historical Park can be accessed via two entrances; North (Farmington/Bloomfield) and South (Gallup).

    From Gallup, proceed east on I-40 to the Thoreau exit, NM371. Proceed north 29 miles past the small community of Crownpoint. Just a few miles beyond is a signed, right (east) turn onto NM57. Continue for 14 beautifully paved miles where until you see the final Park sign which prompts a left (north) turn onto a dirt road (junction of Ruby Ranch). You will travel north 22 miles on a very dusty and bumpy dirt road until you reach the entrance of the Park. Low clearance proceed slowly and with caution and highly beware when muddy conditions exist.

    From Bloomfield, take US550 southeast for 39 miles to Nageezi. Follow "Chaco Culture National Historical Park" signs on several unmarked Indian Service Routes (ending up on 7950) for 21 miles. This dirt road is also covered in washboards and would be inaccessible to low clearance vehicles when muddy. The road becomes paved and you will past the Gallo campground just past the park entrance. Proceed a few more miles to Visitor Center to pay any necessary fees.
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