Scenes From North Bayo Bench Trail

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. The North Bayo Bench Trail is a historic road ending at a viewpoint overlooking the orange-walled Bayo Canyon. The prescribed burn is scheduled to end sometime today. Photo by Robert Beberniss

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. To find the trailhead for North Bayo Bench , from 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos, head west (toward the Jemez Mountains) on Central.  In 0.8 miles, past Ashley Pond and the Aquatic Center, turn right onto Diamond Drive. Pass the Los Alamos High School and the Los Alamos Golf Course. At the San Ildefonso roundabout located 2.4 miles from the intersection of Central and Diamond, circle half-way through the roundabout and briefly head uphill on North Mesa Road.  The trailhead is about 100 feet from the roundabout on the left and there is parking for about six vehicles. From the kiosk, take the wide trail leading into the sledding bowl. At the east side of the bowl, take the left fork. After a few minutes, follow the ruts worn by wagons coming to homesteads on the mesa. Stay left at a slickrock trail junction. The trail now traverses along a bench about 50 feet below the mesa top. Along the way, you can enjoy the orange cliff is volcanic tuff and the interesting growth forms of ponderosa pines surviving on thin soils and not much water. After about 1.5 miles, bear right and take a short spur trail to the Bayo Canyon overlook point. The scene encompasses the canyon, Barranca Mesa and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Photo by Robert Beberniss

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

A view of the prescribed burn underway, taken Sunday from the North Bayo Bench Trail. Photo by Robert Beberniss

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