After pulling myself from the throes of the Rio Grande, I tiptoed around prickly pear and cholla,following a faint cairned trail to Alamo Canyon.
If you take this route, you can eat a turkey sandwich at the snack bar and watch big buses puke pale puffy tourists with fanny packs. But! Once you hike passed the monument down Frijoles Canyon, it’s all yours. A 2011 fire,and subsequent flooding,turned the canyon into a “hard” hike, so expect to climb over and under several log jams and navigate rough tread. It’s quite similar to hiking a canyon in Utah.