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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: Backpacking, Hiking, 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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Hiked with my hiking group

Hiked down from the campground. It's 2 miles from the campground to the visitors center. Seeing the ruins from above gives the park a whole new feel and the visitor a whole new... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Hiked down from the campground. It's 2 miles from the campground to the visitors center. Seeing the ruins from above gives the park a whole new feel and the visitor a whole new perspective.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

You'll likely overlook Bandelier on your 1st or 2nd visit to Santa Fe, but then you'll keep hearing about it & decide to visit - you've made the right choice! Set in the mountains northwest of SF is this hidden jewel. You'll park at the Visitor's Center in the nearby town & ride the shuttle in. (Cars admitted only for... More 

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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

A really interesting place to visit. A lovely part of New Mexico not far from Santa Fe for a day visit. The cave dwellings are great fun for kids and adults alike. The only negative in high season is the need to use the shuttle bus which makes the trip a bit longer. That being said this didn't put us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I went with a bad tour ( Southwestern Tours ... mistake) but still had a good time. we did not get to see the whole area but the driver did give his personal info to a girl on the group for a private tour ...yikes) . About the attraction there are petroglyphs visible even if you can't go up the... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I have been coming to this amazing park since I was a school kid in the 70s. Any chance I get to come back I seize -- whether just to enjoy the visitors center, walk the shady trails, or venture up into the cliff dwellings. There is something here for everyone to live and learn.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

a very nice nature park, with cliff dwellings that you can visit. But you have to take a shuttle bus to get into the park, and why is al bit beyond me...well, it saves gas!

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Portland, Maine, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We just made the shuttle bus to Bandelier, which runs every half hour. Unfortunately, the driver had already (and quietly), given information about the two stops on the route. Since we didn't know that the first stop was for the campground, and since we were all standing on the full bus, we got off there instead of at the Visitors... More 

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Gulfport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Each year for the past twenty I have taken students to the beautiful Bandelier National Monument and each year they have made the climb to the kiva in the cave and the hike to the falls. But, more importantly, they have learned a new appreciation for the Puebloeans and their way of life.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

First of all, get there early if you want to drive in. They close the main gate at 9AM, and then you have to take the shuttle in from White Rock. We knew we would be spending the day there, and we wanted to have our cooler with us for food, so we drove in, arriving at about 8:15 AM.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Firstly the practical side. Basically you cannot drive right into the park proper. There I'd a small unpublicised area at the entrance but they want you to go to a visitor centre some 8 miles away for a shuttle. This is because a parking area was washed away by flash floods. The shuttle leaves the Visitor Centre basically on the... More 

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Additional Information about Bandelier National Monument

Address: 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone Number: 505-672-3861 x517
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Los Alamos
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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