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Address: State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM

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This is a great hike--quiet, not too long, lots to see. The views are amazing. You will see ancestral Puebloan pictographs, which was super exciting. This site is unexcavated, so... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is a great hike--quiet, not too long, lots to see. The views are amazing. You will see ancestral Puebloan pictographs, which was super exciting. This site is unexcavated, so you can see painted pottery shards all over the place where the main dwelling existed! You do have two ladders to climb during the hike, so not recommended for those... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We stopped here on our way into Bandelier. It was a tiny bit of a work out but my husband and I didn't find it difficult at all (we are fit 60 year olds). Opportunities to see many petroglyphs and cliff dwellings. We were alone most of the time too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

As U follow the path up to the ruins U notice how the relatively soft volcanic tuft has been worn down by 1000s of mocasins that went before and I realized the circular spireling indian petroglyphs were simply "Road Signs" warning of "Coiled" rattlesnakes in the area> remember everyone traveled by Walking in those days before horses. Then U come... More 

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Clinton, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The landscape is gorgeous here but there are several ladders to climb on this exciting trail. Also there is a bit of rock scrambling so be sure you can handle these things before going. There are beautiful views from the trail and it is very exciting to go along the rock edges. Allow a full 2 hours or more to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I'm not generally a hiker, but I really wanted to see some cliff dwellings while we were in the Santa Fe area. We spent about two hours doing this loop. There are a couple of ladders that you have to navigate along the trail, and some of the pathways are dug into the rock and very narrow. But the views... More 

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This is a relatively unknown site that has terrific petroglyphs, wonderful views, small caves and a couple of intimidating obstacles to novice hikers. Depending on which trail you choose you may need to ascend and descend ladders with long throws(my quads still hurt) and walk long stretches in concrete trenches only as wide as your single foot. We took longer... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The scenery here is amazing! You get a chance to see pertroglyphs / the amazing landscape of New Mexico and ancient Native American dwellings. Once you get to the top of the mesa keep an eye out for red ants but more importantly shards of ancient pottery. It's a don't miss stop while in this part of the country

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Loved our late afternoon hike here. The setting sun made gorgeous colors on amazing vistas! Bonus of LOTS of history on self guided map highlighting Petroglyphs, Ruins and Cliff Dwelling. It was the highlight of our trip

Thank Diane C
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a separate part of Badelier national Monument and can be accessed near the junction og Highway 4 and East Jemez Road. There is a 1.5 mile loop track which is self-guided and provided an array of beautiful cliffs, unexcavated ruins and caves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

If you want a short hike to see ancient Indian ruins & caves, this is it. Just a fun, easy walk with a couple of ladder climbs and amazing views of the canyons surrounding this lovely area.

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