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?
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...