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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 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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"visitor center"
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"climb ladders"
in 58 reviews
"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"
in 28 reviews
"national monument"
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"mule deer"
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"day trip"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We camped in the Juniper Campground which had all the camping necessities, and then continued into the canyon the next day to explore. We loved learning about the history and culture on the Mail Trail, climbing the ladders into the cave dwellings, visiting the Alcove...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Learned so much about cleverness of ancient pueblo dwellings. Easy self-guided walk. Splurge on the $2 guidebook. Walk extra 1/2 mile to the Alcove House and climb all the ladders!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Bandelier is short drive from Santa Fe, near Los Alamos. It is a fascinating place, with the remains of a large pueblo that dates back a thousand years or more. Walking is required in order to get there from the parking lot, and there is...More

Thank Richard W
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Good friends are true believers in the beauty of our national parks and monuments. We went with them to Bandlier recently. We had Len as our guide for the first 1 - 1 1/2 hours and learned a lot about the area and the formations....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I throughly enjoyed the Main Loop as well as hiking out to Alcove House and then climbing up the ladders. Truly wonderful and worth the drive out here. It’s out of the way but part of its beauty is also the drive to here. Don’t...More

Thank Deanne A
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is breathtaking! If you walk the main loop, you can choose to climb stairs to get a close look at the dwellings, or you can see them from a distance. And, if you happen to bring binoculars, you can see the dwellings really...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped here after visiting Los Alamos. We took the mile plus hike to see the cave dwellings. While not on the same level as some of the cliff dwelling communities in Colorado it is worth a visit especially if combined with a visit to...More

Thank Lee F
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You will find excellent information about visiting Bandolier on the NPS site. Advice: Take water or a container (the park has a drinking fountain) In shoulder seasons there is no food for sale in the park so take food. There is a good grocery store...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bandelier was not on our list of places to visit in New Mexico, but we decided to stop there on the spur of the moment. Sure am glad we did. It was definitely a highlight. We did the main loop trail, 1.2 miles. It seemed...More

Thank Poodletoes
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is wonderful. The hiking trails were very windy so we did not go down them. The park is pet friendly and the bathrooms are clean

Thank Barbara A
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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 Sandy G | Reviewed this property |
The Main Trail has the most dwellings but the Alcove House has a 140 foot climb up a ladder. All are fascinating and worth a good look! Enjoy!!
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Jennie S
1 January 2018|
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Response from ericwalsh1978 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have no idea. I would call or refer to the website.
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