Tyuonyi Overlook Trail

view from tyuonyi overlook
The view from Tyuonyi Overlook includes the entire southern section of Frijoles Canyon and Tyuonyi Pueblo.

Photo by Sally King

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The Tyuonyi Overlook Trail begins at Juniper Campground and crosses the mesa to an amazing overlook of Frijoles Canyon and Tyuonyi Pueblo. The 2.2 mile round-trip trail is relatively level but prone to be dusty or muddy depending on the season. This trail is an excellent place to see the common plants of the Pinon-Juniper woodland and some even less common ones like Alligator Juniper. The trail passes a number of archeological sites. Please don't climb on the walls or remove artifacts.
cu juniper on tyuonyi overlook trail
One lone ancient alligator juniper can be found on the Tyuonyi Overlook Trail.

photo by Sally King

alligator juniper bark
Alligator Junipers get their name from their segmented bark that looks like an alligator's back.

Photo by Sally King

short horned lizard
Watch closely while hiking Tyuonyi Overlook Trail to see short horned lizards.

photo by sally king

remnants of a stone structure in the foreground and a steep walled canyon in the background
A variety of small archaeological sites can also be found on the Tyuonyi Overlook Trail.

photo by sally king

Last updated: June 5, 2024

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