Frey Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Frey Trail is a 3.1 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.

3.1 miles
603 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


trail running





no dogs

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.***

2 months ago

Great way to check out the Pueblo ruins. Don’t go on a gusty day; the switchbacks can be dangerous, but a very well maintained hike and you can hit the visitors center too.

3 months ago

Great hike from campground to the visitors center. The views of the canyon are incredible! The trail is well maintained and not difficult.

7 months ago

We hiked up from the canyon to the trailhead and back down. It was an awesome hike and the views were amazing. We saw a ton of wildlife, too. Gets challenging in parts, but entirely doable.

11 months ago

Excellent views and a variety of level skills. Part of the trail is flat, but as it descends in the canyon in hairpin turns there are some 1-2.5 ft drops. I was glad to have my Leki walking stick to support as i stepped down. (I have short legs). Loved seeing the Bandolier sights from above. I do not recommend going up the trail unless you are "fit".

Monday, June 05, 2017

I took the shuttle to Bandaleir and got dropped off at the trailhead. Hiked this trail down to the main entrance and took the shuttle back to my car when i was ready to leave. If you are camping there i can understand why you would hike there and back, otherwise i would recommend just hiking one way.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

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.

Friday, November 13, 2015

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.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Nice hike from the campground down to the ruins. Good views. joins other trails in the valley. Leads to the VC. Do while there.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

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.

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