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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Some Beautiful Scenery Amidst the Rocks

After spending the morning at the Bradbury Science Museum and having lunch in Los Alamos, we headed... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2017
Southern NJ
Undeveloped ruins, great morning hike

This area has undeveloped ruins on top of the mesa and there are quite a few caves where people... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

After spending the morning at the Bradbury Science Museum and having lunch in Los Alamos, we headed to Tsankawi for an afternoon hike. Mileage in and out for us was 1.88 miles. All trails rated the trail as easy....well, maybe in parts, like when you...More

Thank GreenUnicorn
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This area has undeveloped ruins on top of the mesa and there are quite a few caves where people lived 1400 years ago. There are also some very nice petroglyphs scattered around on some of the cliff faces. To hike the complete loop can take...More

Thank nashofner
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Although we have visited nearby Bandelier Nationl Monument dozens of times for hiking and with visiting friends, we have not experienced this outlying area of the Nationl Monument close to White Rock. The site is relatively small: a one and a half mile loop trail...More

Thank Greg B
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Tsankawi is a part of Bandelier, but is easily accessible from Hwy. 4 near the light at the Los Alamos Truck Route. Because it is part of the National Parks system, you will need to pay to access the site, or, if you visit National...More

Thank Miriam R
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Not that many people visit this sub-unit of Bandelier, but they should. It's got it all -- ruins and views. There's a short trail that takes you around the site, and the part through the ruins gives you a picture of what it would have...More

Thank Knoxgrl
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a great hike that is can be better than the main park depending on what you are looking for. It is located in a different location so make sure get directions. The hike itself is straightforward easy to follow but make sure to...More

Thank Southwest_Gaucho
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful hike with amazing vistas. Maybe going here first spoiled me, because the main park was not that interesting. I recommend this site over the main park.

Thank Laurie D
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Loved the un crowded trails. Paths and steps worn though the solid rock were AMAZING! To walk in the exact steps of those before us was unreal. Paths lead to the top of a mesa with nice views. Cant wait to retrun and bring my...More

Thank pamelaL74
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is a great hike--quiet, not too long, lots to see. The views are amazing. You will see ancestral Puebloan pictographs, which was super exciting. This site is unexcavated, so you can see painted pottery shards all over the place where the main dwelling existed!...More

Thank Lola1852
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We stopped here on our way into Bandelier. It was a tiny bit of a work out but my husband and I didn't find it difficult at all (we are fit 60 year olds). Opportunities to see many petroglyphs and cliff dwellings. We were alone...More

Thank jads8627
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Would my 5 year old be able to do this trail? He's done lots of hiking in Appalachian Mountains.
7 February 2017|
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Response from 100QA | Reviewed this property |
There are a few drops so you would need to hold hands and there is one short ladder but i suspect your 5 year old could hold on to you when you use it. Otherwise it is easy. Fyi parking is overpriced if i recall correctly... More
Hello, I am going to Bandelier on Thursday. Online it said you can drive in if you arrive before 9 AM. I want to be there at 7 to avoid the crowd. We will park at the visitor center and then hike from there. How do you get to Tsankawi from Frijoles Canyon? Thank you. I am looking forward to see this beautiful place. Any other advice for me? Thanks.
5 July 2016|
Response from Jude2630 |
The only info I can share is that we got there at 8 AM on a Sunday and there was no crowd which was really nice. By the time we were leaving around 9:30 people started arriving so early is good!
Kate E
Wondering ifit is safe to do this walk now in the snow?
29 December 2015|
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Response from Teresa R | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answer. Too much slick rock and unprotected ledges.