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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 »

June

shooting star with bug

Wildflowers are plentiful throughout the park in June.

photo by sally king

THE NORM
June is more often than not the hottest and driest month of the year. When hiking, be sure to carry plenty of water. Trails are normally ice-free throughout the park. Although possible, snow is very unlikely. Interpretive Evening Programs are given every Friday and Saturday night at Juniper Campground. Nightwalks are given one night a week. There are two sessions of Daycamp for Kids. Bird nesting is in full swing and numerous wildflowers are blooming including the gorgeous Cane Cholla near Long House and Shooting Stars in the higher elevations. Visitation starts out slow but becomes heavy by mid-month. A wait for parking is possible.
 
Bramble Hairstreak

A wide variety of butterflies are plentiful in the area now.

photo by sally king

June 2011
June has been warm, dry, and windy. As a result most of the park will close on June 24th until the extreme fire danger decreases. The visitor center, Main Loop Trail, Juniper Campground, trail at Tsankawi section, and the picnic area near the visitor center will remain open. Dry weather has limited the number and variety of flowers blooming in the park. Summer birds have returned and are nesting in the park. The Frijoles Canyon bear family has broken up. Mom bear chased off her two nearly grown cubs in late May. One cub unfortunately perished in an accident but the other cub has been spotted exploring the area on its own. Mom bear has been seen up canyon. Remember, whenever you encounter wildlife always keep your distance. Never feed wildlife. It is important for your safety and theirs. Visitation has been busy on weekends and steady during the week. Nightwalks are given each Wednesday night. Reservations are required. Evening programs are given on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
 
Antelope's Horn

Flowers that bloom in June must tolerate hot and dry weather.

photo by sally king

WHAT'S IN BLOOM
Prickly Pear Cactus
Greenthread
Golden Aster
Fleabane
Gallardia
Hidden Flower

 
Mountain Bluebird at nest

Mountain Bluebirds are just one of many types of birds raising their young in the park now.

photo by sally king

WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
Black Bear
Mountain Lion
Bobcat
Numerous nesting birds with chicks
Baby Robins already out of the nest
Butterflies, many kinds including numerous Tiger Swallowtails, Western Pygmy Blues, and Acmon Blues

 
short horned lizard and common nighthawk
Short-horned lizards and Common Nighthawks are two common park residents that are rarely seen due to their excellent camouflage.
photo by sally king

Did You Know?

Pinon cone with nuts

Pinon nuts are rich in vitamins, flavor, and calories (3,000 per pound). Although produced in abundance only every 7 to 10 years, these nuts were a valuable native food source for the Ancestral Pueblo people. More...