Frey Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from April until October.
The trail begins at Juniper Campground and makes its way to the edge of the canyon where it switchbacks down to the canyon floor (>550' elevation change). The trail provides excellent bird's eye views of Tyuonyi as well as a foot route from the campground to the visitor center. A somewhat strenuous trail at any time, it can be exceedingly difficult in summer as there is little shelter from the sun along the trail. Be sure and always carry plenty of water. ***You can return the way you came, or, if the shuttle is running, you can ride the shuttle back to the campground.***
The Frey Trail is a trail that leads from the upper parking area to the main ruin trail system in Bandelier National Monument. There is a shuttle that provides round trip rides from the upper lot to the visitor center in the bottom of the canyon.
We had arrived early to the park so we got a spot in the lower lot, but my daughter and I wanted to hike up the canyon wall. The trail is steep while you are climbing out of the canyon but the views of the ruins and the surrounding canyon are well worth it.
Once you get to the top, the trail flattens out and you can make some good time across the top among the pinion and ponderosa pines.
At 1.6 miles it is not too long of a trail but it interconnects with a lot of other trail loops. If you are feeling good, hike up the Frey Trail and have someone pick you up at the top. If you prefer going down, which always seems harder on my knees, walk from the upper lot and take the shuttle back up to the top.
Shuttled to the top and hiked to the floor of the canyon (visitors center). The views from the top are great. In some places, the kivas, etc are visible. As you approach the bottom, you have an eagle eye view of all the village. The trail is relatively easy but in the sun most of the way. Don't get in a hurry. Slow down and enjoy hiking trails taken by the villagers on a regular basis.
Nice hike from the campground down to the ruins. Good views. joins other trails in the valley. Leads to the VC. Do while there.
Great hike with some awesome views! We began our hike at the top of the Frey trail in the camping area and worked our way down several switchbacks. Once you reach the bottom you have the choice of doing 2 other trails, which in addition to the Frey trail makes for a good hike. The most helpful thing is a shuttle that runs at the visitor center, which can be taken back up to the parking lot for those who don't want to do the full out and back.
2 miles from the visitors center. There is a slight climb in the beginning with some switchbacks to the top of the mesa. Beautiful views of the Jemez Mountains and no people at all.