Frijolito Loop Trail

view of San Miguels
Frijolito Loop Trail passes through the Pinon-Juniper woodland and offers expansive views of the surrounding area.

Photo by Sally King

Frijolito Loop Trail begins in Cottonwood Picnic Area, just across the creek from the visitor center. The trail climbs out of Frijoles Canyon via a steep switchback path, crosses the mesa passing near an unexcavated archeological site (Frijolito Pueblo) and then drops back into Frijoles Canyon on the Long Trail. Total distance is 2.5 miles. This trail is fairly strenuous and can be extremely icy in winter. There is no water available anywhere on this route.

 
juniper titmouse
Birds like the Mountain Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher are common in the Pinon-Juniper woodland.

NPS Photo by Sally King

 
frijolito tarantula 9
Tarantulas are commonly seen on the Frijolito Loop Trail in autumn, especially October, when males are searching for a mate.

photo by sally king

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Mailing Address:

Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance RD

Los Alamos, NM 87544

Phone:

(505) 672-3861 x517
Visitor Center front desk

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