• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

Burnt Mesa Trail

lupine

In late summer, wildflowers such as lupine and paintbrush often bloom in profusion on this trail.

NPS Photo by Sally King

The Burnt Mesa Trailhead is located less than .5 miles west of TA 49 on Highway 4. This easy trail is relatively flat and an excellent place to see summer wildflowers, birds, and butterflies. The 2.5 mile (one way) trail traverses the mesas and ends at a steep drop-off into a side canyon of Frijoles Canyon.
 
burnt mesa trail
Burnt Mesa Trail is relatively flat with expansive views.
NPS Photo by Sally King

Did You Know?

Upper Falls

Frijoles Creek drops approximately 80 feet over the Upper Falls. The falls occur where the waters of Frijoles Creek hit the more resistant, dense basalt rock from the neck of an ancient volcano.