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Bandelier National Monument

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Address: 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
09:00 - 16:30
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Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on...

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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Glad we took the time to do this!

I really enjoyed the hike and glad we took the alcove turn to climb the ladders. It is always good to do something that challenges you a little. It is not for everyone and not for... read more

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Atlanta, Ga
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really enjoyed the hike and glad we took the alcove turn to climb the ladders. It is always good to do something that challenges you a little. It is not for everyone and not for small children. The culture of the cliff dwelling Pueblos is very interesting.

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Independence, OR.
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had planned to go to Bandelier that last time we were in Santa Fe, but we were snowed out, so it was a top priority this trip. We took the short loop walk, my knees not being what they used to be, and found it to be an easy walk on mostly paved or hard packed trails. I only... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We just recently visited Mesa Verde and Chimney Rock, and stopped to visit Bandelier. This is a great addition to your trip if you are interested in learning about the Ancestral Puelbloans. The cave dwellings are very cool, and we did the self guided tour using the guide pamphlet ($1). Access to the Alcove House is up 3 very steep... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The ruins here are awesome, if at all possible walk the high trail that overlooks the fire pit. And the trails you walked through will reviel an amazing gathering place.

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We explored the cliff dwellings and climbed a lot of ladders and loved every minute of our visit. The rangers and staff were very helpful in helping us to decide what to do during our time. If you're in the area, you really should visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm so glad we stopped here. I've never seen anything like it before. It's kinda cool we got to climb into the cove one. Wish there was more of that. It made for a nice day walk.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the trail to the Alcove House, which has several ladders going up into the cliff dwellings. I don't recommend this for anyone with height fears, as the ladders are straight up and fairly long. The trails to the Alcove House were beautiful. We saw several deer while we were walking. The place was not very crowded so we... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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As a New Mexico resident, we have gone to Bandelier for the last 25 years. It was always nice to drive into the park and have a picnic lunch. With this new system, we parked 20 minutes away, ate at a table next to the roadway and then waited for the shuttle. Once inside the park, it was Bandelier without... More 

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Joanie B, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Bandelier National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I am sorry to hear that your visit to Bandelier was not an enjoyable one. Due to limited parking in Frijoles Canyon and the amount of visitors to the park, a shuttle system was implemented in 2011. The use of the shuttle is required from May-October so that those who want to visit Bandelier can... More 

Homewood, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the opportunity of visiting Bandolier National Monument today. We were fortunate to still be able to drive all the way into the park as the shuttle-only access begins on May 15 (from Visitor's Center in White Rocks). The park rangers are very helpful. There is a 14 minute video narrated by Merryl Streep introducing the park which is very... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally we did not know much about this National Monument, but was advised by a Yellowstone Park employee that this was not something to miss and he was so right. Beautiful location, lots of ruins to explore, very informative, We would also recommend not missing this great treasure. make sure you watch the park video as well as purchase the... More 

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