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Bandelier National Monument

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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Bandelier National Monument from Santa Fe
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Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on the slopes of the Jemez Volcanic field in the Jemez Mountains. Over 70% of the Monument is Wilderness, with over 1 mile elevation change, from about 5000' along the Rio Grande to over 10,000' at the rim of the Valles Caldera, providing for a wide range of life zones and wildlife habitat. There are only 3 miles of road, but over 70 miles of hiking trails. The Monument, founded in 1916, protects Ancestral Pueblo archeological sites, a beautiful landscape, and the country's largest Civilian Conservation Corps National Landmark District.
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Bandelier National Monument was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. Don't think of it as going to your typical national park. It's visually amazing, educational, fun and a great way to spend time with the family as you see how the Pueblo style Indians lived. Their...More

Thank Ah-Lung
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you're in the States or you're planing a trip the to U S, I suggest you consider visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico. Recently, I visited the area, my first time. This is the U S no one thinks of first. Usually, it's New York,...More

Thank DuWayneM
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We've been to many cliff dwelling historical sites. Most (and perhaps with good reason) tend to overprotect both the visitor and the site. Instead of advising visitors of any dangers to themselves and giving reminders of how to protect a site's integrity, they tend to...More

Thank Flare-n-me
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Long wait for shuttle long shuttle ride frantic ranger at check in short hike long wait for shuttle long shuttle ride. From 10am to 2pm only 30 minutes at park. Not good if you have children. I recommend Pecos nhp if you don't like long...More

1  Thank family298
Joanie B, Manager at Bandelier National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I'm sorry to hear that your visit to Bandelier was stressful. Visitors are always welcome to drive directly into Frijoles Canyon before 9am and after 3pm during shuttle season, which is mid-May through mid-October.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband & I really enjoyed our 3 1/2 hours of hiking in this National Park area & having the opportunity to view & actually climb into some of the ancient cave dwellings. It was an awesome experience & we'd both highly recommend it. We...More

1  Thank Anne B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited Bandalier earlier this week, and after reading the most helpful reviews here, decided to set off from Santa Fe early, and we arrived at the Visitor Centre at 8.30 am. We knew that the shuttle from White Rock must be...More

3  Thank Derbylady_8
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful monument with massive structures and caverns, but our particular guide ruined it b/c she never stopped blabbering about her own personal scientific interests. There really is not that much to see time-wise. It is recommended to stay on the trail with...More

Thank WashCaps
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great national park! It's about a 30-45 minute drive from Santa Fe. Great place for a walk or hike. The Park has a lot of Indian dwellings and cliff dwellings. Very historic and beautiful! The trail was easily navigated except one section that...More

1  Thank TxBrian
Reviewed 1 week ago

We finally made it to Bandelier over the weekend and I loved it so much that I went back today. It is an absolutely stunning place to walk and wander. The ruins are amazing there is an easy to follow path (which you have to...More

Thank Shayob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I decided to visit Bandelier on the National Parks Service's birthday this year, which is the day before mine! Entrance is free on this day and because I got there late afternoon it wasn't very busy, though I doubt that is normally the case. This...More

1  Thank LeighK35
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6 August 2017|
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Response from LMarshUK | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have any problem with using the shuttle service, waiting less than 5 minutes at both ends. As someone else noted, it enabled us to look at the view rather than the road. The best reason for arriving before 9 am is... More
17 May 2017|
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
Extremely scenic on the way to the Park. The Park itself has to be seen from walking trails.
12 March 2017|
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Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
All inter-agency, America the Beautiful passes are accepted at Bandelier National Monument.