Frey Trail

frey trail with tyuonyi
The Frey Trail provides some spectacular views of Tyuonyi.

Photo by Sally King

Before the construction of the entrance road in the late 1930's, the Frey Trail ( 1.5 miles one way) was the main route to enter and exit Frijoles Canyon. The trail begins at Juniper Campground and makes its way to the edge of the canyon where it switchbacks down to the canyon floor (>550' elevation change). The trail provides excellent bird's eye views of Tyuonyi as well as a foot route from the campground to the visitor center. Hiking up is a somewhat strenuous trail at any time, it can be exceedingly hot and difficult in summer as there is little shelter from the sun along the trail. Be sure and always carry plenty of water.

In 2018 the Frey Trail was resurfaced from where it enters Frijoles Canyon, to where it joins the Main (Pueblo) Loop Trail. Hiking down is now a wonderful relatively easy walk with amazing views. Just be sure to bring water. Also during summer (mid May to mid October) hike down the Frey Trail and take the shuttle bus back up to the trailhead. Shuttle buses stop running at 5 PM daily.

prickly pear
Blooming prickly pear cactus are a beautiful sight along this trail in early summer.  Flowers can range from bright yellow to peach to pink on this variable low-growing spiny cactus.

photo by sally king

frey trail climb
The climb into or out of Frijoles Canyon requires more than a 400 foot elevation change.

photo by Sally King

tyuonyi from frey trail
The climb may be strenuous but the views make it worthwhile.

photo by Sally King

frey trail view
There are several benches located along the Frey Trail where visitors can stop and take in the views.

photo by Sally King

Last updated: June 26, 2024

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