All of Bandelier's backcountry has been affected in some way by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire and the massive flooding that followed it. This hike was strenuous before the fire/floods and is more difficult now. It is still an excellent destination for a hike but hikers should be prepared for less shade than before, missing trails, and missing signs.
Yapashi Pueblo is located 6 miles from the visitor center at Bandelier. The hike to Yapashi is strenuous, passing through Mid-Alamo Canyon (>500' elevation change in less than 1/4 mile). Except in a spring after a snowy winter, water is rarely available along this route. For most people this hike will take all or nearly all day.
Did You Know?
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.