Bayo Benches Loop

EASY 3 reviews
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Bayo Benches Loop is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Alamos, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.1 miles 531 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers



7 months ago

A pick-your-own-adventure sort of hike, there are many criss-crossing paths and nothing feels off-limits. Flatter trails would be great for running, there are some ascents through rocks if you feel like clambering. Overall a relaxing place to spend an afternoon. A drawback is that homes and roads are visible and audible from many places in this park.

7 months ago

Great spot to wander around for a casual hike. We did this one after a day at Tsankawi Ruin in October and enjoyed smelling the trees (the Douglas Firs here smell like vanilla up close). I don't remember anything about this trail being strenuous, but it was more than just a walk. The locals will talk this one up a fair amount; everyone seems to know this trail, at least a little bit.

trail running
1 year ago

I used to mountain bike this trail as a kid (still do, from time to time), and it's a blast. A lot of varied terrain as you go down into the canyon and come out by the water treatment plant. Have someone meet you or ride up on the road! I now trail run, and find the terrain to be perfect for long runs. Most of the time there is no steep grade. I'm not entirely sure where the loop ends, as I go different ways, but from the entryway off Diamond Drive, take a left alongside Barranca Mesa and you'll see some really lovely views!