|A flat hike that goes past two small archaeological sites and ends up with great views of the canyon and Tyuonyi. If you are camping, take this hike at sunrise or sunset.|
|Hike data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the trailhead||About the hike||Plants along the trail||Comments|
When we hiked it:
|Time it took us:||1:37.||1:20.||1:07.|
|Usage (people/hour):||0.00. Nobody else was hiking.||0.00. Nobody else was on the trail.||0.00. We saw nobody.|
|BANDAMPI||Trailhead||Bandelier amphitheater and trailhead for the Tyuonyi overlook trail.|
|TYU OVRLK||Trail point||Tyuonyi overlook, the end of the trail|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Albuquerque New Mexico||USGS||1983||1:100000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|Bandelier National Monument||National Geographic Trails Illustrated||2000||1:28600||Y||from Amazon (purchase)|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|Los Alamos||BLM||2003||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (purchase)|
|Santa Fe National Forest||US Forest Service||2004||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)||West half|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the trailhead:
From the main entrance to Bandelier National Monument, follow the signs to the Juniper Campground. Across from loop B is the amphitheater parking. Park here and the trailhead takes off to the left from the trail to the amphitheater.
About the hike:
The trail goes through meadows near the start. Many trees are dead, some from a fire.
Near dawn and dusk, you may see animals such as this rabbit.
If the conditions have been right, the meadow may also have several varieties of flowers.
This archaeological site is just off the trail; a short trail leads to it. At one time, this building had about 20 rooms. Archaeological investigations showed it was occupied for a short time in the 1200s.
This small, round archaeological site is along the trail, near the overlook. The interpretative sign says that it was a sacred site.
At the end of the trail, you are on a point looking into Frijoles canyon. You can see the trail through the main archaeological sites, as well as the trail heading up the south side of the canyon, part of the Frijolito Ruins loop. You are also likely to hear the Frijoles creek running in the canyon below. In the view arena, there are good views of the Sandia, Sangre de Cristo, and Jemez mountains.
Plants we saw along the trail:
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