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Frijoles Canyon

The Frijoles canyon trail is a very popular 8 mile one way hike from Ponderosa group campground to the Visitor Center.

photo: Remnants of Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. Photo by By VitaleBaby.

Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Bandelier National Monument near Laos Alamos.
State(s): New Mexico
Counties:
Longitude: -106.22382
Latitude: 35.73208

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Description

This trail has just been rebuilt after the Conchas fire and subsequent flooding, and is now in great condition. From Ponderosa campground the trail descends into the canyon bottom and turns left along the creek and canyon bottom towards the Visitor Center. Take the time to enjoy the incredible rock formations and relax in the peace and quiet that is becoming so hard to find in our modern world. Be prepared to get your feet wet as there are no bridges, but the water is usually no more than a couple of inches deep.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1983

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: NPS Bandelier National Monument

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Bandelier National Monument
HCR 1
Box 1, Ste. 15
Los Alamos , NM 87544 -9701

 

Photos

Remnants of Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. Photo by By VitaleBaby.

Remnants of Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. Photo by By VitaleBaby.

Main south-facing cliff at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Dicklyon.

Main south-facing cliff at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Dicklyon.

 

The Frey Trail switchbacks out of Frijoles Canyon and leads to Juniper Campground. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

The Frey Trail switchbacks out of Frijoles Canyon and leads to Juniper Campground. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Frijolito Loop Trail passes through the Pinon-Juniper woodland and offers expansive views of the surrounding area. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Frijolito Loop Trail passes through the Pinon-Juniper woodland and offers expansive views of the surrounding area. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

 

Tarantulas are commonly seen on the Frijolito Loop Trail in autumn. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Tarantulas are commonly seen on the Frijolito Loop Trail in autumn. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

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