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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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Spring break visit - wonderful surprise!

This national monument is a real gem! You can explore ancient Pueblo ruins by taking an easy walk. It was an easy ride from Santa Fe and worth the one hour ride. Go early to avoid... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Hillsborough
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This national monument is a real gem! You can explore ancient Pueblo ruins by taking an easy walk. It was an easy ride from Santa Fe and worth the one hour ride. Go early to avoid any parking problems since the lot is somewhat small.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is a cool set of ruins nestled in a canyon. I have been here twice now, and both times I really enjoyed it. The ladders engage children as a climb and look inside the caves. They engage adults too :-) You should definitely go if you are in the area. It is fun to imagine what life could have... More 

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laconia, nh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We have learned that ANY attraction managed by the NPS is worth a look. There are many, many hidden gems out there, and we have never been disappointed. This find was terrific and a great way to get out of the city and do some gentle hiking while learning a lot of native American history. It was a real thrill... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The Bandelier National Monument was one of the highlights of our trip to Santa Fe. Very neat to see the cave dwellings. We also loved hiking in Tsankawi.

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

An amazingly relaxing way to spend a day. $12 for a car/plan on taking lunch. Shade & picnic tables. Easy hiking, history well presented, fine book store. A river to soak your feet in, impressive tax dollar investment during the Great Depression, to preserve and make it accessible. Handicapped accessible to close viewing of cliffs.

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Bandelier is fascinating and beautiful. Learning about how people lived many years ago is exciting to me, and it's a beautiful place to explore.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Don't miss this place. The paved main loop trail is only 1 1/2 miles long. There are a couple of ladders you can climb up to enter the cliff dwellings. An unique experience.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The cliff dwellings were accessible by foot and the entire experience was so fun. Used to bring the kids here when they were young.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Get there early or you may have to wait for parking. Get the tour booklet for 1$, it's worth it. Be prepared to walk 1-3 miles. This is truly a one of a kind experience that will not let you down, but may be intimidating if you fear hieghts. Interesting ruins and interactive caves that you can actually climb into.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Smaller kids could do the short hike and climb but I wouldn't recommend it for little kids'. The high climbs on the wooden ladders may be beyond the ability of small ones. It's a beautiful walk. Wildlife will pop out if you are quiet. Snack bar doesn't offer much to eat and very pricey! I would recommend bringing your lunch... More 

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