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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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“main loop” (230 reviews)
“cliff dwellings” (225 reviews)
“alcove house” (266 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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"main loop"
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"cliff dwellings"
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"alcove house"
in 266 reviews
"white rock"
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"climb ladders"
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"long house"
in 41 reviews
"frey trail"
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"frijoles canyon"
in 68 reviews
"ancestral pueblo"
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"canyon floor"
in 23 reviews
"santa fe"
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"trail guide"
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"ceremonial cave"
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"national monument"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It’s a short trip from Santa Fe. It’s a must-see There are rock walls and ancestral Pueblo homes into which you may climb via ladder. Short walk on paved trail. During summer months you must stop at white rock visitor center and ride a bus...More

Thank Becky B
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We’re on a National Parks quest and this has proved to be the hardest to get a stamp. Visitors center doesn’t open until 9 and you have to park a few miles away and ride a bus into the park. Beautiful place though. Lots of...More

Thank Hummer1973
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Really cool stop to learn about the ancient Pueblo civilization. The main loop trail is an easy "hike" that virtually anyone can do. We also hiked the Upper Falls which was pretty easy and fairly short but the water level was extremely low so the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lot of fun! We walked the main loop trail and also went up to the cliff dwellings. It was fun to climb the ladders to see inside the dwellings. There are quite a few stairs up to the dwelling area. So be...More

1  Thank Richard N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance to the park has a computerised ticket booth which is unmanned. This is fine for getting the entrance ticket but then there are no free maps of the park and the signposting that is there is rathe hopeless and not clear. We took...More

1  Thank tholland55
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful location, out far from everything else. The Canyon containing the ancient ruins is a very special place, and it is easy to understand why people settled here a millennium ago. The mile long loop is an excellent way to get your orientation as it...More

Thank Marc624
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow is all I can say. This monument is set in a beautiful place in our county. Take the trail to Alcove house and climb the ladder to the top. The caves are wonderful to explore. The trail is easy and shaded by trees. I...More

Thank Fred B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A definite must. The trail is easily walkable, except when you want to get closer to the caves. This requires some climbing, including ladders if you want to look into the caves. the brochure provides details as to how the Indians lived and farmed. On...More

1  Thank HCovik
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Bandelier National monument en rout from Durango to Santa Fe. It is reasonably close to Santa Fe for a quick trip or longer stay. We only had the time to do the main trail, which was very interesting. The $2 guide is...More

1  Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great easy hike to the cliff dwellings. Peaceful and engaging. Once at the dwellings site there are heavy ladders to scale some 400 feet to reach the actual cliff dwelling. This part is more difficult and not for anyone who has trouble climbing a...More

Thank Thomas C
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misenhower
3 May 2018|
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Response from travelernottourist | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the date you go there may be a shuttle service operating to bring you into the Valley area as parking lots fill up more quickly. You should check their website so you know what to expect but when you get there... More
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misenhower
10 April 2018|
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Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
Shuttle service from the White Rock Visitor Center to Bandelier starts on May 17. Visitors may enter in their own vehicles before 9am or after 3pm during shuttle season. Right now the Bandelier Visitor Center is open from... More
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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
6 April 2018|
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Response from Devayanik7 | Reviewed this property |
The very high cliff dwellings are on a trail close to the mail trail. I believe it’s an additional 1 mile trail( half mile each way). On the main trail there are 3 cliff dwellings but they are not very high.
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