Falls Trail Stop 20

Falls Trail Stop 20
On this section of the trail you will cross the Frijoles Creek several times and see many different types of plants

NPS Photo by Stella Carroll

The main trail crosses Frijoles Creek 3 more times on its way to the Rio Grande. Bridges are not provided beyond this point. Use caution. In winter, all walking surfaces, especially partially submerged rocks, may be icy. A very unique plant can be found growing along the creek in this area. Horsetails (Equisetum sp.) flourish in the water rich regions of Frijoles Canyon. Horsetails grow in two forms: one with bundles of slender green upright branches and the other with green segmented reedy stems. Only the latter form can reproduce. Horsetails are the only surviving members of a once-large plant family. Because all known relatives are now extinct, Horsetails are called living fossils.

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Last updated: February 24, 2015

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