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Bandelier National Monument

15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
505-672-3861 x517
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Los Alamos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Canyons, Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
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... more » 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. « less
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Canby, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Can't beat the scenery and history. Access for the disabled. The gift shop seemed lackluster. Can't beat the scenery and history. Access for the disabled. The gift shop seemed lackluster.

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Maryland, USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place to explore. The Frijoies Canyon, the Main Loop Trail and the Tsankawi are open from dawn to dusk. We walked the Main Loop trail over an afternoon and saw many petroglyphs. This was an easy walk, paved in part and wheelchair accessible. One can climb short ladders into caves, really interesting but more difficult to... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Nice easy hike thru the NM...ending in a staircase hike that is very demanding and strenuous....but beware of one of the rangers who has an attitude...older lady, heavy set, glasses and what looks like a pony tail....she was obnoxious, had NO customer service skills and u wonder how she holds her government job...beware of her

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Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We went in September. Took the shuttle from White Rock visitor center to Bandelier. You can drive into Bandelier if you get there before 9 am or after 3 pm, otherwise you MUST take the shuttle. It runs every 1/2 hour so it works great. We were greeted by a ranger who talked a few minutes than we went into... More

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Gatineau, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We visited Bandelier National Monument in August, 2014. We drove to Los Alamos and took the shuttle to Bandelier. The drive up the mountain takes about 15 minutes. Bandelier is very interesting and well worth the trip. Walking around the park is fairly easy, although going up the steps to some of the caves can be quite tiring for those... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Quickly about the process: you park your car at the very modern and clean visitor center at White Rock, NM. There is a bus that picks you up outside the town visitor center and takes you to the monument, with a stop at the campsite to pick up anyone there wanting to go to the monument. The stop is very... More

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Philadelphia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You have to park your car at White rock visit center and take shuttle to get into the Monument. Some trail didn't repair. Not well maintained. Some bridges are flash away due to the flood in 2013and 2011. Bring bottle water. All of the water fountain are destroyed along the trail.

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Allendale, Michigan
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237 reviews 237 reviews
85 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We hiked this park for 4 hours and 8 miles. Spectacular!! We started up at the trail head for the Frey Trail and hiked down to the visitor center and out to the falls. The falls were not running well, but the view there was well worth the hike out. The visitor center was great. There is nothing about this... More

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Vietnam
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is one of the best national monuments I've been to. We were here in early April so the weather was great for hiking. It is not too crowded and it is easy to move around. Kids loved climbing those ladders and it's a place for taking great pictures.

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Evanston
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This well worth making the trek and if you get there before 9 AM and you are able to park in the park rather than take the shuttle bus. We did the Main Loop trail and it was quite accessable for all. The rangers were helpful and loaned us a trail map adn we found the gift shop to be... More

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