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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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baltimore, MD
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Very interesting park. we got off the shuttle bus at the Frey trail and walked down into the park. That was nice as it got us away from the crowds and not arriving at the same time as everyone else, PLUS a very nice hike down with great views into the canyon as we came down. It was a hot... More

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Our family spent the afternoon hiking and looking at the cave dwellings. The scenery was beautiful and there were parts of the trails which allowed us to cool off in the shade. The cliff dwellings are very interesting. The guide books they offer for $1 do a good job of explaining everything. We originally went to the tourist center to... More

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Bandelier has always been one of my favorite historic sites in New Mexico. The cliff dwellings and ruins are very interesting and the park and surrounding area are beautiful. There's a lot of remaining damage and debris from recent fires and floods, particularly following the Las Conchas fire in 2011 but in many ways that only adds to the story... More

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Houston, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was recommended by some locals, and we took our toddler boys with us on this adventure. They loved climbing the ladders into the caves and exploring the trails. We liked that it was rather a short distance to the sights, there was a shortcut back after visiting a number of the beautiful structures that were inhabited hundred of years... More

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Wonderful opportunity to walk in a breathtaking canyon and learn about the native American culture that flourished here. Interesting for children; a great learning opportunity. You can borrow or purchase for $1 small guide books that explain everything you see.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

If you can avoid it, don't go in the middle of the day--although the cliff dwellings and the canyon in general are beautiful and extremely interesting, the crowded shuttle bus ride and the company of hordes of other visitors detracts from what would otherwise be a contemplative, peaceful experience. Then again, if your choice is between going in the middle... More

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Galveston, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

In many places where pre-Columbian cliff-dwellings are preserved, visitors have to view them from afar. Not at Bandelier. This gem of an archeological site allows visitors to see the ruins up close, from a well-maintained and mostly paved trail that winds past the foundations of dwellings and public buildings, and even to climb inside some with the aid of sturdy... More

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Potomac, Md
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Got off at the Juniper Camp Ground stop and walked down to the visitor's center. Walk took about 45 minutes and was terrific. Meadows of wildflowers, mountain views. Walk is almost all down hill and easy until the last section which has some steep parts. I am 68 and not in great condition and did not find the path too... More

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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178 reviews 178 reviews
38 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you go before 9 or after 3, you can avoid the shuttle bus experience and moving as a pack by driving directly to the site and museum. The site itself is very small and most of it is a ruin, but the small museum gives a good idea of Pueblo life and the ecology of the area. It is... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Bandelier is an awesome experience. There are choices for the elderly and very young to walk and see the ruins. The teenagers can go ahead to the more difficult hikes and ladders. Next time, I would go late in the day to be able to drive in and take a picnic. The part is open until sundown and the shuttles... More

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