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Bandelier National Monument

Address: 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone Number: 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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Canyons, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
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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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Yorkville, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Visited the monument following a business trip. THe scenery on the way from Santa Fe was beautiful and the park was scenic and and very interesting. The volunteer rangers were very friendly and pointed out points of interest along the way. LOved climbing up into the cliffs!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

While staying in Santa Fe, we decided to go to the Bradbury Museum in Los Alamos. While checking out the area on TripAdvisor, I found the Bandelier National Monument and we just had to visit. The two sites together made a great daytrip from Santa Fe. As a bonus, driving from Los Alamos to Bandelier takes you through the Los... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I visited these cliff dwellings on a gorgeous day in January (not snowy) and as someone who enjoys history, this was truly fascinating. We were able to climb inside caves where people lived in the year 1150-ish; Another thing to note is this little adventure requires climbing on wooden ladders up to different dwellings! Kinda scary if you're afraid of... More 

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Middletown, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very nice place to visit. There were petroglyph's (drawings carved by the original inhabitants) on some of the walls. The ruins are in very good shape.Gives you a great ideaa of how theese people lived. I feel the paths were very handicapped friendly. Buses take you to the site from the visitor center but as we were late in the... More 

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Superior, CO
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21 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Our family of four, including young child in a wheelchair and a nine year-old able-bodied child, had a fantastic visit. Because of our son's w/c we drove ourselves (vice riding the bus in), and while that was more convenient I have no doubt we missed a lot from not hearing the driver's spiel. That being said, the Park Rangers at... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

This has got to be one of the best and most interesting places to visit for the National Park service! They have a bus system that takes you to and from the park from White Rock, NM visitors center. You several options and many walking trails to take you through this park. There is also good facilities for those with... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

this was probably my favorite place we visited while in Santa Fe this past week. It was so nice to walk easily through the park and see the pueblos. Even made it up to the alcove house even though i am very afraid of heights. We loved our time in the park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We visited Bendelier on a fairly cold day in December. Despite the cold we enjoyed walking around. Within the site are multiple cave dwellings that you can visit, remnants of the original circular village, and the opportunity to climb up ladders to see some of the cliff structures. The site is definitely best for those with some mobility, in order... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is a park that you do not want to miss. You go to New Mexico for the views, don't miss this park. Well worth the drive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

very nice drive- lots of hikes- and the history of the pueblos was very interesting- did not know anything about it going in and realized we needed more time to explore than we had-

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