Hiking The Alamo Rim Trail
The 4th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.
Saturday 25 June 2016 03:00 GMT
Northwest of Sante Fe and south of Los Alamos, Bandelier National Monument has some great hiking opportunities through riparian ecosystem. From the visitor center, head down Faijoles Canyon 2 miles to the spectacular Lower and Upper Falls. For a longer 20 mile loop, head to Yapashi Pueblo via Painted Cave and return via the Alamo Rim Trail.
To reach the trailhead from Santa Fe, take US 84/285 north 13 miles to SR 502, exit onto SR 4, and proceed to the monument entrance and follow signs to the Visitor Center.
Note: the actual trails in the monument are not named and are usually unsigned. It is strongly encouraged to purchase a large scale topographic map of the region prior to hiking.
Overall, Alamo Rim Trail is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Alamo Rim Trail including East Fork Trail, Middle Alamo/Yapashi/Upper Alamo Trail and Bandelier Stone Lions Loop.