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Distance

14.5 miles

Trail Type

Loop

Trail Difficulty

Difficult

Δ Elevation (FT)

~600 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Bandelier National Monument Topo Map

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Frijoles Canyon and Rim Trail

New Mexico

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Activities & Features



Notes

The monument says "after the Las Conchas fire of 2011 and subsequent flooding as recent as July 2014, the trail through Frijoles Canyon has been severely damaged to the point that it can no longer be called a trail. It is mostly a route now and hiking it is not as easy as it used to be, so you can expect more of a challenge. Much of the hike is in the streambed now and requires crossing back and forth over the stream numerous times. Log jams have to be scrambled over in some places. Hiking poles are helpful for scrambling and hiking over the uneven terrain." The Juniper Campground in Bandelier National Monument is a great place to stay when visiting the park.

History

President Woodrow Wilson protected Bandelier National Monument in 1916. The monument preserves dwellings, petroglyphs and other culturally significant areas once inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloans. The Civilian Conservation Corps largely built the park’s infrastructure during the Great Depression. During WWII the monument was closed to public for a few years because the lodge was used to house scientists working on the Manhattan Project developing the atom bomb. Today, hikers can walk through more than 10,000 years of Native American history through modern day historical events.

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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Bandelier National Monument 15 Entrance Road Los Alamos, NM 87544

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