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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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Comox, Canada
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221 reviews 221 reviews
98 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the 'wilderness walk' which is 1.5 mile hike down the Frey Trail, an easy hike with spectacular views, but you did have to watch for rattle snakes (says the bus driver who took us there, the information centre didn't mention it). The 'tourist hike' is about 1 mile, super easy hike, not as spectacular, but if you don't... More

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Los Angeles, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Travel back in time to the days of the cliff dwellings. This is not on the scale of Mesa Verde but is in the same vein. Historical facts are related to you as you meander through the ruins. You may also climb the ladders & enter several dwellings. This is not an excursion for small Children, probably 8-10 is ok.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

It takes four ladders to get up to the "Alcove Room" but it is worth the effort. The view from on top is just spectacular.

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Marlin, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Walking this park is not too extreme. The Indian cliff dwellings are amazing. The scenic area is very beautiful. Not crowded and well worth the drive if in the area.

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Albany, New York
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92 reviews 92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Well, I was interested in a walking experience with minimal inconvenience or danger. There are longer and more strenuous options within the park and vicinity. We had a very nice walk on wide paths with nicely graded stairs and ramps. There was safe and easy access to one of the hill dwellings. The bus ride was very nice and a... More

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connecticut
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was a highlight of our trip to the Santa Fe area and our only regret is we didn't plan enough time. My teenagers found their inner child again as they climbed and explored this amazing place. It is well preserved and not commercialized at all. Don't miss it.

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Darien, Connecticut
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Fire restrictions mow mean taking a shuttle bus from White Rock. However, you can drive to Juniper Campground just inside the park and hike Frey Trail down to the main area. It's an easy downhill hike with great vantage points and fewer visitors. You can then take the shuttle back to your car at Juniper. Also, damage from the 2011... More

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Arvada, Colorado
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

What a wonderful experience we had here! The beauty, history, and peacefulness of this place was astonishing! You have to go to the welcome center and ride the shuttle into the park. The staff are friendly and explained in detail what to expect at the park. We bought the dollar map and found it helpful as it explained the ruins.... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Peaceful, beautiful. People are very helpful and accommodating. The movie is a great introduction to the splendor of what you are about to see. The trails, the caves, the kiva...breathtaking.

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Middlebury, Vermont
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Words cannot describe the beauty and historical significance of this national monument. We got there before 9am as other reviewers have suggested, otherwise, you will be forced to turn around and go back into town and take the shuttle in…no exceptions after 9am. The automatic fee machine at the entrance is a little tricky to work. We are one of... More

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