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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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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

▪️Highlights for us: Cultural history, Long House, ladder access and the Main Loop trail. ▪️Parking: Easy during our November weekday visit. Challenging at times. ▪️Staffing: Professional, if somewhat perfunctory. ▪️Introductory and background film: Helpful and about 15 minutes long. ▪️Recommend? Yes

Thank packcal
Reviewed 1 week ago

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much but this place was awesome. I recommend grabbing the paper tour guide as an aid. The overlook had a spectacular view. There were several trails once you went down to the main area. We only took the "main loop" trail...More

Thank Cal_Manning
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the visitor center there is 2.2 mile hike that is a must do. Good history with the kivas and cliff dwellings. The ladders are fun to climb.

Thank Aaron P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting here. The walk to see the cliff dwellings was great! We even climbed the ladders to see the high up cliff dwelling. It is a long way to drive but worth the trip. Wish we could have stayed to see more.

Thank confam
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Visitor's Center first and got the guided tour booklet (free if you return it). It made the hike much more worthwhile. There are several short ladders to climb if you want to see insde the cave dwellings. This is a loop...More

Thank garliclovers
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitor center is very helpful to get oriented to the area. The main trail works its way through several ruins including cliff dwellings that you can explore by using ladders attached to the cliff walls. Very fun!

Thank Kevin032452
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, the historic walks through Frijoles Canyon, to see the ancient homes carved into the tuff (the soft volcanic ash responsible for the geography) are great. But the best hike is to the ancient pueblo on the mesa above Frijoles Canyon, to the shrine of...More

Thank Daniel D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of my favorite stops from our recent southwest tour! We took the main loop trail through the Frijoles valley which takes you by some amazing ruins from the Ancestral Pueblo people, including some cliff dwellings and petroglyphs on the canyon walls. The...More

Thank Jamieky2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Ireland we have history in abundance and respect it. Sometimes when I am in the US I feel that things get a little bit of the "Disney Dust" to make them more appealing to their audience, not so this attraction. It is still very...More

2  Thank Br0ssac
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fairly easy loop hike takes you around this amazing natural setting, full of Anasazi history and beautiful sites. Wonderful photo ops everywhere in the canyon and ladders that invite visitors into a couple of the cliff dwellings. Everything is well preserved and there is...More

1  Thank redmesastudio
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Response from LMarshUK | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have any problem with using the shuttle service, waiting less than 5 minutes at both ends. As someone else noted, it enabled us to look at the view rather than the road. The best reason for arriving before 9 am is... More
17 May 2017|
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
Extremely scenic on the way to the Park. The Park itself has to be seen from walking trails.
11 March 2017|
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Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
All inter-agency, America the Beautiful passes are accepted at Bandelier National Monument.