photo by Sally King
As you start up the steep switchbacks remember to look back into the canyon. The views are fantastic and change as you climb.
Looking back at the canyon from a little bit further up the trail and being serenaded by White-throated Swifts.
An even higher viewpoint but there's still a lot of climbing to do. That Rock Wren seems upset about something.
Apparently a gray fox is not welcomed in this neighborhood by the Rock Wren. Do you think there may be a nest nearby?
The fox seems more interested in eating termites that have emerged after a rain than in looking for bird eggs.
photos by Sally King
A look both up and down Frijoles Canyon. Can you guess why Ancestral Pueblo people chose to live in a place like this?
You're almost to the top. A final look back into the canyon.
From here you can look all the way across the park and see the San Miguel Mountains, located on the western boundary of Bandelier.
A mountain cottontail believes camouflage will hide it if it just doesn't move.
A nice place to set a spell, put your feet up. Or at least enjoy the view.
As you near Juniper Campground the trail follows a little side canyon of larger Frijoles.
A curious whiptail lizard lounges in the sun.
Last updated: June 1, 2020
Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance RD
Los Alamos, NM