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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Great descent

It was during the descent that you see the petroglyphs. And the cavaets that look so intriguing. I... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
Suet L
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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My favorite place in the world

I have been coming to this hidden gem for forty years and it continues to fascinate me with its... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
Hamilton Island, Australia
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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

It was during the descent that you see the petroglyphs. And the cavaets that look so intriguing. I recommend bringing binoculars so you can zoom in on the carvings that sometimes look like different shades of the rock. Going down was much more interesting as...More

1  Thank Suet L
Reviewed 29 July 2017

I have been coming to this hidden gem for forty years and it continues to fascinate me with its ancient trails cut into the stone by those who lived here until 1400. It has everything...ladders, unexcavated ruins, potsherds, caves, pictographs, views.

5  Thank 812marshac
Reviewed 14 July 2017

My husband did this hike first and then headed to Bandelier. Come while it is cool and you'll definitely feel like you are walking back in time. The ruins are amazing, and the deep paths in the rock testifies to the usage of the dwellings...More

2  Thank SueBirk
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Tsankawi is one of the easiest ancient sites to reach and most interesting place that we take visitors of all ages. Walk in the steps of ancient peoples, look for, but don't take, pieces of their pottery. Spy the petroglyphs, crawl in to the homesites/caves....More

2  Thank RCRPP
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

This is a very cool site with caves, ladders, relics, and petroglyphs that is significantly less crowded than bandiler and is easy to do with kids (our outdoors 3yo walked almost the entire loop and LOVED the ladders). Having less crowds made us feel more...More

2  Thank Taryn F
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

We have been to Bandalier and the Puye Cliffs many times so we were excited to learn about Tsankawi, which is part of Bandalier but is not a part of the main section of the park. It was a fabulous alternative to the busy Bandalier....More

2  Thank Anne A
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The Tsankawi hike is short and seeing the way Native Americans lived here in a cave based community around 1600 while at the same time the Spanish were settling Santa Fe is amazing. Great views of surrounding mountains with minimal effort. Note: I would be...More

1  Thank Rudy F
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Many of the guide books mention Tsankawi as a nice easy "warm up" hike or something to do when Bandelier is just too crowded. It's much more than that and, in my opinion, it's really not as easy as advertised. but well worth the effort....More

1  Thank eznelson
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We took this hike after leaving Bandolier. Look for the parking area after the turn off to Los Alamos going toward Santa Fe. There was quite a bit of scrambling over rocks and you have to climb up (and down) 3 ladders, but if you...More

1  Thank Bill T
Reviewed 4 May 2017

A nice walk in Bandelier tuff (explosive eruption deposit of the Walles caldera) with preserved prehistoric habitations of Native Americans. You will see many original petroglyfs, as well as you can find relics of ancient tools made of rocks. Do not pick up, just watch!

1  Thank ACSforever
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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
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
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.