• Long House in Frijoles Canyon

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    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Access by Shuttle Bus Only

    Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »

January

coyote

Many types of wildlife remain active throughout the winter and can be seen either on park trails or along the entrance road.

photo by sally king

THE NORM
January usually has significant snow but it is not unusual to have some beautiful sunny days too. Snow can close the ladders at Alcove House and the Main Loop Trail may be closed in the morning after a snow while the staff shovel to clear the trail. Visitation is usually rather light. Frijoles Canyon and the Park Visitor Center are closed on New Year's Day. Abert's Squirrel, Mule Deer, and elk are often seen either on the trails or along the entrance road.
 
elk

Elk are frequently seen on the park entrance road in the winter.

photo by sally king

JANUARY 2011
At mid-month January has been slightly warmer and drier than usual. Even so abundant snow is present at all elevations within the park. On snowy days call 505-672-3861 x 517 to see if the park opening is delayed. All trails are snow-packed with the exception of the cliff dwelling side of the Main Trail. Some trails are quite icy. The ladders at Alcove House are often closed due to ice. Don't forget, Juniper Campground is closed for the winter and will reopen in late February. Snow is plentiful at higher elevations and the skiing is good on the cross-country trails. Wildlife is abundant including numerous sightings of bobcats.

Did You Know?

Dog Petroglyph from Long House

The Ancestral Pueblo people carved petroglyphs into the soft tuff rock above many of the dwellings built along the cliffs.