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 »
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?
A drink that tastes a lot like lemonade can be made from the berries of the Three-leaf Sumac. From this, the bush gets its common name, the Lemonade Bush.