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such a fun hike with great views of the mountain landscape. I would highly recommend.

We’re on a roadtrip from Arkansas to Grand Canyon & this was a perfect spot to stop & get some exercise.

backpacking
18 days ago

As someone mentioned before, this is a great trail for an easy overnight backpacking trip. Beautiful views and fall colors. The trail is in good condition and is easy to follow. Park at the "upper" parking lot next to the road (not in the Picnic Area)- they don't care if you park overnight as long as you don't camp within 1/4 mile of the trailhead.

nature trips
18 days ago

Definitely worth a stop!! It was a nice little walk down to the stream and the views were stunning!!

Great for the dogs and a good breath catcher with the kiddo on the backpack! Beautiful views of Wheeler Peak and a nice loop! Even better in the snow!

hiking
20 days ago

My brother and I were on a mission to hike this trail and find the springs! We failed the first time and somehow took a wrong turn and ended up on a strenuous hike up to a wooden teepee and campfire! It was beautiful but we really wanted to see the springs. Two days later we attempted again and finally made it! We still aren’t sure how we got so off trail the first go around! When we finally made it we were awe struck! The views are spectacular and made it all worth it! The springs were not as warm as we expected but we could have cared less because it was still amazing! We met some great people, swam around and relaxed, walked to see the falls and had lunch on a rock in the middle of the mountains. It was such a great day and I think I speak for my brother and I when I say I would highly suggest this hike to anyone!!

hiking
1 month ago

Went Oct. 6. Drove up from Albuquerque along 550 and 4. Route 4 has potential for great fall colors, but the trees are still mostly green with only a little yellow. Trail itself has a good sized parking lot, picnic tables and open-hole toilets (that my daughter refuses to use). We hiked the trail with 4 yr old and 1 yr old-in-backpack. Extremely doable—lots of fun logs to balance on. After viewing the falls from above, go down and to the left, past the fence, to find another smaller fall. There is a visitor center near San Ysidro that has clean, indoor bathrooms.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

How amazing to experience the old cave dwellings of the native cultures! I enjoyed climbing the ladders and letting out my inner child! Great walk for kids too.

Beautiful views. It is short, but perfect if you have pups! dont forget to pick up after them. ;>)

Easy but very interesting trail with many small cliff homes to explore. The Alcove ladders are long a steep but very safe and well worth the climb. Fun and interesting walk.

It was an easy trail for kids!! Still curious to find out how people were able to make it to the base of the falls. I did not see a trail leading down...

hiking
1 month ago

As a chubby out-of-shape 30 something, I was a bit nervous to climb all the ladders up to the Alcove House, but I'm glad I did. It gave me and arm and leg workout and it definitely was scary at times, particularly when going down the ladders. But it was worth it to say that I did it and enjoy the view at the top.

Stop by the cave dwellings on the way to the Alcove trail, which are fun to climb into and sit inside.

Must wear a hat on this trail. There is little shade.

This trail (along with Main Loop) are definitely more enjoyable on a cooler or cloudy day. The first part of my hike was 90 degrees and sunny, and even this Texan was hot! Got cloudy and was much more enjoyable. Views from the top are great. Some of the paths in between ladders are fairly narrow, which would make it slow going on a crowded day.

walking
2 months ago

Great trail and wonderful springs in the end. Easy going back downhill

Beautiful trail with wildflowers and river. The caves are about 3 miles in on the left, easy to miss if you aren’t looking for them.

Very fun scenic hike with dogs welcome on leash, very historic awesome photo opportunities of historical ruins and beautiful view of Pecos National Forest.

The trail is a nice little challenge and the views are pretty along the way. My only criticism is that it really isn’t easy. Trail while smooth mostly, can be both muddy and jagged in places, and thee 600 foot incline is probably too much of a challenge for many on both the young and elderly side of the family.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! This was my second time hiking this trail, its such a beautiful hike. There are vault toilets at the trailhead FYI.

nature trips
2 months ago

Beautiful short hike to the falls

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is actually a 1 mile (there and back) add-on option to the Main Loop Trail. Most of this very easy walk is forested with lots of downed trees and debris alongside the path. The difficulty level changes dramatically once you arrive at the foot of the ladders to the alcove house itself. These ladders are not for the faint of heart and in the late afternoon, when the sun is low, the rungs are BURNING hot. That aside, it’s an exciting 140-foot climb, with incredible views from the top. Well worth it and a must do. Even for those with kids. However, when we went (a Wednesday in August), this trail was empty and I suspect that when crowded the waits in the ladders section as others climb and descend would be miserable.

hiking
2 months ago

We camped in one of the sites with a shelter at the trail head and found this trail. It was an easy hike that followed the stream. We missed the caves on our way in but found them on the way out... they are just a little bit after the creek crossing. One perk of this trail that might be worth looking into is the connector trails it meets. It seems you can get to other trails that would make for a good loop for a decent backpacking trip throughout the Pecks!

2 months ago

This was a wonderful trail that I really enjoyed it and would do again it was quite steep going up and coming down the trail was fairly narrow and the dirt was fairly smooth and at times hard to climb up and slide down but the views were absolutely fantastic many aspen trees wonderful wonderful views of the peaks in the surrounding area

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty trail within the greater Angel Fire Metropolitan Region. It's a good trail for a family hike with youngsters. Or it's good for a walk by yourself to get some head space for a couple hours, without driving 30 minutes from wherever you're staying in AF.

8/21/18, trail is clear and dry.

hey just wanted to point out that the turnoff coordinates are incorrect and lead to a private residential area. The turnoff is at 35.828399,-106.595902.

Easy trail with lots to see where the cave dwellings are. The climb to Alcove House is really worth it if you are in decent shape... and if you don’t mind heights. It can be pretty freaky climbing down those ladders. The ladders are solid, but there’s no room for error.

If you are going to be in Bandelier, you have to do this trail. The ladders are very secure but be warned, while going up is tiring going down is just as exhaustive!

The waterfall was beautiful. I couldn’t find away down that was safe for my dog but other than that it was an amazing hike

Wasn’t expecting much but it’s actually pretty cool! Little archeology fun.

Very nice easy hike through meadows and Aspen.

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