Daily Postcard: Cactus Blooms On Bandeliers Frey Trail

Daily Postcard: A prickly pear cactus blooms along the Frey Trail in Bandelier. 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), and provides excellent bird’s eye views of Tyuonyi as well as a foot route from the campground to the visitor center. The Frey Trail was resurfaced in 2018 from where it enters Frijoles Canyon, to where it joins the Main Loop Trail. A somewhat strenuous trail at any time, it can be exceedingly hot and difficult in summer as there is little shelter from the sun along the trail, so hikers should always carry plenty of water. Photo by Sally King/NPS