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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 6 days ago

Bandelier National Monument has two sections. One is a small section close to Los Alamos. This small area is hard to find but worth the hunt. Heading into Los Alamos exit onto highway 4 off highway 502 following the BIG SIGN. This small area is...More

Thank binks22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be ready to spend at least half a day here. Take comfy shoes and comfy clothing.... lots of walking and sight seeing.

Thank LorenaRamos
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second trip to visit this National Monument, and being on a beautiful sunny Winter day in the 50's, it was much more comfortable than our Summer visit a few years earlier. We first watched the short movie about the area and history...More

Thank bsjcook
Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome hike to see the cliff dwellings. Not too hard and interesting the entire time. We probably took about 2 hours to do the hike. Great bookstore inside. Recommended!

Thank Kristen C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely setting, beautifully maintained and a great place to explore. We went during the week so it was not overly crowded. We wished we had of allowed more time as there was more to explore. We will definitely be back. The main office and bathroom...More

Thank Janet F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommend spending a full day at Bandelier National Monument to explore the cliff dwellings and to hike in and around the canyon. The landscape is breathtaking.

1  Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Apparently unusual temperatures this year meant we were in t-shirts whilst in the sun. Out the sun and it was pretty cold.

1  Thank David F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our multi-generational group of 7(aged 2-66) adored this outing. We chose the 1.2-mile Main Trail, a perfect choice. In a few years, when the two younger members of this group are older and more sure-footed, we'll return for one of the longer, more strenuous paths....More

2  Thank JillPro
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See the movie and view the museum in the helpful visitor center, get a Jr. Ranger booklet if you are a young citizen, and take an easy hike to sense the archeology, environment, and caves of the Tewa and Keres Pueblo. Easy climbs up some...More

2  Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stop at the scenic overlook on the way in. Great views and it puts the valley into greater perspective. Then do the main hike. A buck and a couple does were grazing right along the path. You can see the Peublo dwellings including climbing into...More

2  Thank Stephon B
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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