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Bandelier National Monument

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Address: 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
09:00 - 16:30
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Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on...

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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Climb into the ancient cliff-dwellings

Children, from about six years old to teenagers, are especially fond of this park, which features paved trails leading to the actual houses and public buildings of the... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Sandy S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

Each of the major national monuments in the 4 Corners area has its own signature. For Bandelier it is the cavates where people lived. I only hiked the main 1.2 mile loop due to lack of energy and oxygen after driving from 300 ft. elevation to 7000 ft. in 2 days. I really want to climb up into Alcove House... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Children, from about six years old to teenagers, are especially fond of this park, which features paved trails leading to the actual houses and public buildings of the pre-Columbian ancestors of the Pueblo people. You can actually climb ladders into the "apartments" once inhabited by these anciewnt farmers. On the summer weekend when we visited, a flint-knapper sat in the... More 

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Great educational experience and very fun. We loved climbing into the cavates to see what life was life for the Native American who once lived there.

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Coralville, Iowa
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Great national park with really helpful staff. Took the main loop which was about right for our 2 and 6 year old kids. 6 year old really enjoyed the junior ranger program. We went early, which was helpful because we were able to drive all the way to it and didn't have to take the shuttle out. Going early also... More 

1 Thank MattIowa
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Our family really enjoyed this outing. The main loop and alcove Hikes were very manageable for us, my in-laws, and our 8 & 10 year old - no steep uphill stuff. The caves you could climb into were really cool and offered great views from inside. The $1 guide was interesting and reasonably priced and the Rangers were great. We... More 

1 Thank Abby B
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Bandelier can be reached by shuttle from the information center in White Rock unless camping. There are guided tours available, but we took the walking tour. A leisurely stroll gets you into the canyon, and you walk through areas which would have been the village. You can choose to walk up the steps to the cliff dwellings, or stay on... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

What a great place to visit. The hiking was moderate - bring lots of water!! There was a bit of climbing on the ladders leading up to the cliff dwelling sites. We spent the majority of a day here. Highly recommend for a family adventure - get a guide. We were lucky to have a local who had all the... More 

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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

A great place to take the kids camping. Very clean bathrooms, large fire pits, and you are really close to the park. We picked up firewood in White Rock but they do sell small bundles in the campground.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Just an hour's drive north of Santa Fe. Amazing scenery to be viewed on the drive. We did the 1 mile walk which on a hot day and our first visit was fine. Spend a dollar and get the guide absolutely worth it. A bit of walking and climbing but wonderful history.Completely understand why the folk who lived here lived... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

Date Visited: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Pros: Cliff dwellings, history, pretty easy hike Cons: Hot, trolley is confusing-take note This is a very interesting place that you must visit when in the area! A highlight of our trip. Take a short (or long) hike to see cliff dwellings and an original native settlement. You can view a kiva, cliff homes... More 

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