Frijolito Loop Trail

View from Frijolito Loop Trail
Frijolito Loop Trail passes through the Piñon-Juniper woodland and offers expansive views of the surrounding area.

Photo by Sally King

Take a virtual tour of the Frijolito Loop Trail before you go.

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 Piñon-Juniper woodland.

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

a narrow trail on the side of a canyon wall looks over archeological sites
Hiking down the Long Trail, part of the Frijolito Loop, provides views of the archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon.

Photo by Sally King

image of a broad relatively flat landscape with few tall trees
The Frijolito Loop Trail passes through the Piñon-Juniper Woodland where the landscape is mostly broad and flat with only a few tall trees.

Photo by Sally King

Last updated: February 12, 2022

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