"Chacoan Stairway" Chaco Culture National Historical Park Off The Beaten Path Tip by AlbuqRay

  Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa (Gap in Cliff)
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  • Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa (Gap in Cliff) - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa (Gap in Cliff)
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  • Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa (Inverted V) - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa (Inverted V)
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  • Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa
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  • Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Chacoan Stairway to South Mesa
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  • Information Sign for Chacoan Stairway - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
      Information Sign for Chacoan Stairway
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On the back side of the loop road just past the Casa Rinconada Community parking lot, there is a pullover for the Chacoan Stairway. It was late afternoon when I arrived, so the sun was not in a good position for photos. The information sign tells that "The stairway was part of the Chacoan "road" system. The roads linked the great houses in the core of Chaco Canyon to far-off communities. This road segment connected Tsin Kletzin on South Mesa with Chetro Ketl in the canyon, Pueblo Alto to the north, and many distant communities. The roads were planned, surveyed, and engineered 30 feet wide. Whenever the Chacoan road builders encountered a cliff, stairways or ramps were constructed to continue the straight road alignments." The stairway is now closed. Do not attempt to climb it. You are also not supposed to leave your car unattended.

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  • Updated Oct 12, 2011
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