Burnt Mesa Virtual Tour

burnt mesa views
Burnt Mesa trail is relatively level, 2.5 miles one way, and known for views, flowers, and wildlife.

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Duration:
18 seconds

Long view in all directions. Wide open with a few stands of trees.

 
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Duration:
28 seconds

Soaring turkey vultures is not an uncommon sight above Burnt Mesa in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

 
lewiss woodpecker
Lewis's Woodpecker is one of many birds that might be seen along the trail.

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Duration:
22 seconds

360 views at Burnt Mesa

 
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26 seconds

The Jemez to the west, the Sangre de Cristo to the east, the Sandias to the South, and the San Miguels on the western boundary of Bandelier are all visible from this trail.

 
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24 seconds

This area has been affected by many fires including the 1977 La Mesa Fire and the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. These burns have left open savannas with sparse clumps of trees.

 
easter daisies
Easter daisies are one of the earliest wildflowers on Burnt Mesa.  They can be very prolific and dot the landscape in areas with the right soil.

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32 seconds

You can see almost forever. On a warm day be aware there is very minimal shade on this trail.

 
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21 seconds

Burnt Mesa Trail ends in an overlook to a side canyon of Frijoles Canyon. Time to head back but the view will be different heading this way.

 
End of Burnt Mesa
A side canyon as you reach the end of Burnt Mesa.

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end of the trail
View from the end of Burnt Mesa Trail

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Duration:
16 seconds

More spectacular views in all directions.

 
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Duration:
23 seconds

This is why you do this hike. Endless views.

 
caterpillar
Don't hurry.  Watch for the little things.  Out here the pace of life can be slow.

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14 seconds

Watch the ants. Is their pace harried or leisurely? These are harvester ants. They collect stones of the same size from far and wide to make their homes. Someone has stuck a stick in this ant hill. Watch the ants repair the damage.

 
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18 seconds

This area burned heavily in 1977 and more lightly in 2011. The vegetation response is slow but thorough.

 
more easter daisies
At this time of the year there isn't a lot of variety in the flowers but there are a lot of Easter daisies.

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burnt mesa birds
Northern Flickers and Western Bluebirds are two birds commonly seen at Burnt Mesa.

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19 seconds

Almost back to the car and the drive home. Take one last look at the distant beauty of this place.

 
coyote portrait
Coyotes, mule deer, and rock squirrels are mammals that might be seen at Burnt Mesa.

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33 seconds

A couple weeks later green is beginning to show on Burnt Mesa trail as plants respond to the warmer weather.

 
Cassins kingbird
Cassin's Kingbird is a summer Bandelier resident that can be seen on Burnt Mesa trail.

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broadtail hummer at penstemon
A male broad-tailed hummingbird at purple penstemon on Burnt Mesa.

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30 seconds

With each passing day the landscape gets greener and greener as spring turns to summer.

Last updated: May 16, 2020

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