Alcove House Trail

EASY 37 reviews

Alcove House Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.

2.7 miles 392 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

cave

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

Alcove House, formerly known as Ceremonial Cave, is located 140 feet above the floor of Frijoles Canyon. Once home to approximately 25 Ancestral Pueblo people, the elevated site is now reached by 4 wooden ladders and a number of stone stairs. In Alcove House, there is a reconstructed kiva and the viga holes and niches of former homes. Imagine climbing these ladders, carrying whatever supplies were needed, to this lofty home.

hiking
21 days ago

1 month ago

This was an amazing trail! I had never seen or done anything like it before! I did the main loop, took the route up to the cave dwellings, and also did the alcove house. It's all connected and easy to follow.

You can hike in the cave dwellings that have ladders and I definitely recommend it. Oh and also you can buy a little self guided tour book for $1 in the visitors center, which I thought was worth it.

The alcove house portion shouldn't be attempted by anyone with a fear of heights. Like really. I had issues with it and in general I wouldn't say I have issues with heights. However, the pay off is well worth it!

I went on a weekend in August and it wasn't too crowded. I definitely saw other people but we were spaced out really well.

Definitely do this hike. It was the highlight of my trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Great history! Super ladder Climb! a little too busy... ; very busy Fall season.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great, very different from anything I've ever done.

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning views and amazing history. It's a must hike.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Was an amazing experience for us..originally from San Antonio, Texas. Beautiful sites loved it

6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome historic trails! We hiked the Main Loop, split off to the Alcove, then hiked the Falls Trail which is near the visitors center towards the end of the Main Loop. 7.5 miles of pretty easy hiking fit perfectly for a family. The history of the Frijoles Canyon is remarkable!

scenic driving
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1 year ago

Awesome! The actual hike was quite easy, the ladders were a bit more strenuous but not bad physically. Mentally challenging for us, as we are a bit afraid of heights. It is well worth the climb. The views are breathtaking.

camping
1 year ago

We have just moved to Los Alamos last year, we love to camp. Went to the campsite here. It was nice and well maintained. Quiet most of the night but has a lot of car activity during the day. Site ok, not the prettiest we have seen here in beautiful new mexico. Probably won't camp here again. But did it once!

geocaching
1 year ago

1 year ago

The historical significance and cliff dwellings were very interesting and combined with falls trail for a longer hike made a great day. If you arrive before 9 am you can drive your vehicle in , otherwise shuttle necessary during summer months.

2 years ago

Was a nice little trail. Went to Frijole Falls, wasn't too much water falling at the time. Nice wildflowers. But overall a nice hike.