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Bandelier National Monument

#1 of 27 things to do in Los Alamos Features Animals
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” (201 reviews)
“cliff dwellings” (205 reviews)
“white rock” (166 reviews)
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First let me say that this place is stupendous. My wife had a broken ankle when we visited so she could not get to the ruins. I did get to the ruins and found them well preserved and interesting. The accessible part of the main...More

Thank Bob L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The cliff dwellings made Bandelier National Monument a great place to take photos. Not a difficult trail.

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

OK, maybe the classification is still as a National Monument, but my point is that we had a marvelous day of hiking and exploring cliff dwellings. The staff at Park Service facilities always impress me; so committed to their work, so excited to share information...More

Thank PatrickNYC2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

This park isnt very big and doesnt need to be. When you arrive in White Rock, NM go park in the White Rock visitor center parking lot and go into the visitor's center if you arrive between 9am and 3pm. Find out the Bandelier shuttle...More

1  Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 3 days ago

Bandelier is a great National Monument just an hour out of Santa Fe. I went on an early morning in March and wore a light sweatshirt and was comfortable. I didn’t have to take a shuttle and just parked in front of the visitor’s center....More

1  Thank jjctraveler
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a great National Park that offers an easy trail to view the cliff dwellings. The trail is well maintained and most people can walk to see the caves. It does require more skill to climb the ladders and the farthest away caves/ladder is the...More

1  Thank surfzup321
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second visit, but my husband's first, so we had a grand time exploring the cliff dwellings, and the alcove (formerly the ceremonial cave). This is a little jewel-- you may need to park at White Rock and take the shuttle in depending...More

Thank SueBirk
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family (17 strong between 6 weeks and 69 years old) loves to hike. This hike has lots of fun for all with many ladders to climb and great scenery along the way. Wear sunscreen, bring water, hiking shoes (no poles...too cumbersome), hat, snacks, camera...More

1  Thank Penny37357
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing place. It has been excavated and restored somewhat so it may or may not actually look like what was there originally but it is still an amazing look back in time to see how the people lived. Well worth the visit.

Thank nashofner
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live 9 miles from the entrance of Bandelier National Monument, and I must say that Bandelier is a beautiful place to visit no matter the season. This review is based on my solo visit during early summer. First, if it is summertime, stop at...More

1  Thank Heather H
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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.
21 February 2017|
Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
The Main Loop Trail is wheelchair accessible and from the village of Tyuonyi you can see the cliff dwellings. Stairs and ladders are used to access the dwellings.