Cross-Country Skiing

cross-country skier
The Upper Frijoles Trails provide an excellent place to cross-country ski in winters with good snow.

Photo by Sally King

The Cross Country Ski Trails are also a good place to hike in the non-snowy months. Do a virtual tour of the Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook (Blue) Trail here and the Sawyer Mesa (Orange) Trail here.

Opportunities to cross-country ski, snowshoe, and hike may be found in the Upper Frijoles area of the monument located off of Highway 4, near Forest Service Road 289 (Dome Road). There are four trails - the Cerro Grande Trail, the Alamo Boundary Trail (hard to access in the winter, FS 289 is often closed), and the two Upper Frijoles loop trails (one is 2.4 miles round-trip while the other is 5 miles round-trip). Trails are open during daylight hours only. Pets are not permitted. Please pack out all trash. Snowshoe users and hikers are asked to stay to the side of the ski trail.

Seasonal Conditions
Snow volume varies from year to year so call the visitor center (505-672-3861 x 0 or 1800) for current conditions. The ski and snowshoe season usually lasts from mid-November to mid-March. The trails are open all year to hiking.

ski trail visitors
The Upper Frijoles Trails are also open to snowshoe use.  Please stay beside the ski trail.

Photo by Sally King

Download a brochure about the ski trails here
ski trail maps
Map of the two ski trails


panorama at blue ski trail summer
The ski trails are just as good for hiking in the summertime.

photo by Sally King

Last updated: January 29, 2022

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Bandelier National Monument
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Los Alamos, NM 87544


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