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Bandelier National Monument

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Address: 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone Number: 505-672-3861 x517
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Camping
Description: 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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Amazing archaeological site for people of all ages

This was my second visit to New Mexico and my second trip to Bandelier. This is a beautiful monument about an hour away from Santa Fe. During summer months, you have to take a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

This was my second visit to New Mexico and my second trip to Bandelier. This is a beautiful monument about an hour away from Santa Fe. During summer months, you have to take a shuttle to the monument as car parking at the monument is unavailable. This is a great half-day trip to visit the archaeological ruins. Pretty accessible for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We had seen cliff dwellings in our travels to Arizona but this location was different. Instead of building homes on the cliff face, the Native Americans used the natural holes eroded out of the soft cliff faces to use as a refuge. Talk about rustic. there is also a collapsed area on the ground that was used for food storage,... More 

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South Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We greatly enjoyed walking through this park and looking at the pueblo cliff dwellings, climbing some ladders into the caves and ceremonial site (we did wonder why they allowed people to climb into the caves as people had carved initials into walls) and looking at the abundant petroglyphs. Part of the hike is through a beautiful red pine forest. You... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We went to Bandelier last weekend. We stopped a White Rock where a shuttle took us to the park. The shuttle was free and parking was free. The shuttle was clean and comfortable. The driver even asked if people were too cold or too hot because he could adjust the air conditioning. To and from the park, the shuttle ride... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Plan on several hours. Lots to see. Trails are clearly marked with varying degrees of difficulty. Quite a few steps which might be an issue for some.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

my family and i enjoyed going to this place we love it, we love everything that has to do art and history a must visit if you are in santa fe or any of that area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I highly recommend a hike through this BEAUTIFUL site. Not TOO difficult, hand rails are helpful, and the steps are easy. SEVERAL nice benches along the trail, and pic nic areas, as well. I would go back and do it again!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Bandelier National Monument is about 40 minutes from Santa Fe. At this time in May, the shuttles were not running, so we parked right at the visitor's center in the park. Definitely get a trail map and guide from the center as it really helps you understand what you are looking at along the way. There are guides, but we... More 

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Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Bandelier is tucked in the hills north of Santa Fe. Like so many Park Service locations now, shuttle takes you in to reduce car traffic. Pick up shuttle in White Rock. You can drive in before 9 am and after 3 but parking is limited. Take the shuttle it's free. Mile plus walk up the canyon is on paved pathway... More 

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Liberty Lake, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is a great place to explore by foot as there are many natural and man-made wonders. The main loop trail is a 1.5 mile hike that one should allocate a good 60-90 minutes for. It wanders through some old Pueblo dwellings and then goes up some stairs to a number fascinating cave dwellings and petroglyphs. The trail guide was... More 

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