Frijoles Canyon

San Ysidro, New Mexico 87053

Frijoles Canyon

Frijoles Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"People have used Frijoles Canyon (offi cially called Cañon de los Frijoles) as a route into the Jemez Mountains for centuries, first the Ancestral Pueblo residents in the lower canyon, then their Pueblo descendants. Today the canyon is a quiet, sheltered place with year-round running water, making it a haven for wildlife.

Elk are commonly spotted on the plateau above the canyon floor; mule deer are plentiful in the canyon itself. The entire canyon is shady, even in midsummer. The upper canyon supports tall Douglas fir, which gives way to ponderosa pine as the canyon cuts deeper into the rocks. Although the lower end of the Frijoles receives heavy visitation, the upper canyon sees few hikers."

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Trail Information

San Ysidro
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
mid-March through mid-November
USGS Frijoles; Trails Illustrated Bandelier
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