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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: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Canyons, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Cultural
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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Canyons, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Cultural
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Hours:
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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Fargo, North Dakota
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a great adventure going to Bandelier National Monument! It only takes about 2-4 hours but is definitely worth your time... Hiking up to the caves and then climbing the ladders is a unique experience! Probably not a activity for kids under the age of 6 or so, but a great family stop if your kids aren't too young! I... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Bandelier's mile plus path through the cliff dwellings and the structures in the valley by the stream are beautiful. The information about the site is printed in a booklet, for sale, and the sites are numbered. This does cut down on distracting signage in some parts but means you need to know to buy the booklet before taking off. Clearer... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My parents visited over 2 years ago and were telling us about the amazingly tall ladders they got to climb. Did we somehow miss these or did the fire that I heard happened last year result in closures of the park. Either way, the hike was so-so. I am glad we went, and it was neat to see, but I... More 

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Midland, Texas
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36 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

History is almost mind boggling. Walks are fairly easy on well used paths. We walked to the alcove which is a little rougher walk and requires climbing 140' of ladders. We just stopped in for a short morning visit, walked the main trial to the alcove and back. Had lunch at the grill in the gift shop. We say a... More 

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Orsay, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

You can look at beautiful and historical sight and have and be active at the same time. Prepare a pair of hiking shoes and a camera!

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New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

We live in Los Alamos and have been to Bandelier many hundreds of times in the past 50 years. If visitors are here for only one day this is where we take them. In addition to the spectacular ruins there is a beautiful hike back to the Ceremonial Cave that is well worth the time. It's also a great place... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

Two hour drive from albuquerque was quite scenic. Wasn't so impressed with the nearly 60 minute wait to enter the park due to the parking attendant chatting for 3-5 minutes to each car entering (yes, I timed her!). Once another ranger took over we entered swiftly and luckily got parked at the visitor centre. What a beautiful valley to live... More 

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Palos Heights, Illinois
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248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We visited Bandelier National Monument when visiting Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta. It gave me another perspective on New Mexico Be sure to check the National Park Service for updates (http://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm) before visiting the monument to on conditions and road advisories. Unfortunately parking at the monument is limited and so the Park Service does From Albuquerque, assuming you are not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

After watching beautiful rocky landscape of Cappadocia region in Turkey from travel channel, I was thinking about visiting one day. Well, I just learnt that we already had one in the USA after my recent trip to NM. Bandelier National Monument is a less visited National park but this can make an excellent day trip because Los Alamos is just... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

If you are interested in the ancient pueblo or the geography of this beautiful area, then this is a must see. If you just do the petroglyph walk, it would be worth the price of admission, but do yourself a favor and take a hike too. We did the waterfall hike and it was absolutely beautiful and we had the... More 

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