Frijolito Loop Trail (BNM)

  • Coyote in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Albert's Squirrel are common Bandelier National Monument.
  • Baby birds looking for dinner in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Red-tailed Hawk in Bandelier National Monument.


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2.5 (miles)



~450 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

New Mexico

Frijolito Loop Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Bandelier National Monument near Santa Fe that is sure to please the whole family. The monument says "Frijolito Loop Trail begins in Cottonwood Picnic Area, just across the bridge and a short walk to the right from the temporary visitor center. The trail climbs out of Frijoles Canyon via a steep switchback path, crosses the mesa past an unexcavated archeological site (Frijolito Pueblo) and then drops back into Frijoles Canyon on the Long Trail. Total distance is 2.5 miles. This trail is fairly strenuous and can be extremely icy in winter. There is no water available anywhere on this route." The Juniper Campground in Bandelier National Monument is a great place to stay when visiting the park.


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

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