New Mexico Outdoor
Roughing It In Luxury-Abiquiu, New Mexico 505.901.7321
On my third and fourth visits to
Bandelier, I got to do two things I've been wanting to do for awhile: visit the
two waterfalls on lower Frijoles Creek and fish for trout in the cool forested
canyon of the upper reaches of that same stream.
-The hike down to the falls and then
to Rio Grande is a true New Mexico classic. I can't imagine a walk in heaven
would make me any happier. Starting off in pine forest, the trail down
gradually winds it's way through the narrow valley cut by this small stream.
Passing by ( but without seeing at first) the upper falls,there is an abrupt
change in vegetation.
-Large specimens of Mormon Tea border
the trail which is now incised into the cliff as it switchbacks down to the
stream. Once on the bottom, a true desert riparian garden is encountered with
ash,cottonwood, and willow( I know it was still winter, but I was using my
imagination). There is an absolute quiet upon reaching the river, while I stop
to admire the redrock cliffs and the aprons of sometimes huge basaltic boulders
that decorate the hillsides. The river is green,opaque and cold as it flows
-Back up at the visitor center, I tuck in to large order of well deserved french fries from the cafe. Wonderful afternoon.