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Bandelier National Monument

Address: 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone Number: 505-672-3861 x517
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Los Alamos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Monuments & statues, Ancient ruins, Historic sites, Caverns & caves, Canyons, Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Owner description: Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on the slopes of the Jemez...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Type: National Parks, Monuments & statues, Ancient ruins, Historic sites, Caverns & caves, Canyons, Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities

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Westchester County, New York
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212 reviews 212 reviews
72 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Bandelier is a special place. Frijoles Canyon is beautiful, and it also gives you a glimpse of what it was like to live as a cliff dweller hundreds of years ago. You can climb ladders to glimpse into the dwellings, or just walk through the canyon and enjoy the landscape and the magnificent cliffs. The trail also features remains of... More 

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Austin, TX
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28 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

we came here after a visit to the Puye Cliff dwellings. The monument here only has self guided tours available, so if you have time, check out the Puye tour first and then come spend the rest of the day here. There is so much to see and explore,you will get an excellent workout. The dwellings here are amazing and... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Bandelier National Monument has 33,000+ acres, 11,000 years of human presence. This includes Petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, pueblo city ruins in the valleys. The Ancestral Pueblo People left artifacts all over the area.. The Park has well marked trails where you walk back in time and get close, and in some of the structures. Some of the buildings have been repaired,... More 

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Ashford, Connecticut
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We went here after Los alamos and spent a couple hours hiking. We enjoyed climbing into the pueblos and the long house. The trails are well-kept, but the ladders are not for the faint of heart.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Spent the morning at Bandelier on a recent trip to Santa Fe and so glad we did. Very interesting history, and a very pleasant place to take a short walk and see the Pueblo ruins. The Rangers were helpful and friendly, as was the gift shop owner. Don't miss this if you are in the Santa Fe area!

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Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We love hiking there, climbing the ladders, and exploring. Prefer to go in the fall instead of summer, when it is cooler.

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Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We made this as a day trip from SF. We counted ourselves as fortunate since the admission fee was waived for the Presidents' Day weekend. The park is large, with trails for short hikes as well as longer hikes with backcountry camping. After speaking with one of the rangers, we hiked the main loop (1.2 mi) with an excursion to... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Bandelier National Monument is an amazing hands-on experience where not only can you walk through the ruins of an ancient pueblo, but can also explore the caves that overlook it, which were carved into the volcanic tuff by the ancient people who lived there hundreds of years ago. There is a nice loop trail you can take that lets you... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We took a couple of nice little hikes, saw some very nicely preserved and restored pueblos, and some of the loveliest country in this part of the state. However, I think if we had more time, we would have explored some of the more remote parts of this monument. We visited in winter, but I imagine that the best time... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We only found out about this from a colleague who recommended we visit after seeing Los Alamos. This was great advice and I thoroughly recommended it to everyone who is visiting NM. It certainly helped that the weather was perfect and the snow covered the valley. To see how and where the Indians lived hundreds of years ago was fascinating.... More 

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