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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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Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau...

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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Great visit to this awesome monument

First time there for me, while visiting a friend in Albuquerque. A very easy drive from ABQ to the monument. Very reasonably priced ($12/car), and helpful guides in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First time there for me, while visiting a friend in Albuquerque. A very easy drive from ABQ to the monument. Very reasonably priced ($12/car), and helpful guides in the visitor's center at Bandelier. There was much to see and a nice and peaceful walk. The rock carvings, caves you could enter and ruins of 800-year old homes was terrific. Lots... More 

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Duluth, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great park with fairly easy hiking trails. Must see if you are in the Santa Fe or Taos area. Petroglyphs and dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloans are well worth the trip to this park.

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new york city
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

the Bandelier National Monument is really a park. plenty of hiking trails and well as some very interesting history. you can walk a trail that leads to a series of caves that were once used by the local tribes. if you like hiking this is a place to go when in Santa Fe. about 1 hour north.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bandelier is a little brother to Mesa Verde, It is a great hike and lots of history in a beautiful setting, well worth the visit and while in the area you can visit Los Alamos.

Thank P3Willy
Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to this National Monument previously - but the last time was about 21 years ago. I had forgotten how impressive this park is. We walked up the ladders to see the caveats and kivas - a truly unique experience. Not for the faint of heart - those ladders are steep. The hiking trails are lots of fun too.... More 

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Getting to the monument was a bit of a challenge for us. It was unclear on the park website if and when you are allowed to drive all the way up to the park visitor center. Driving along NM Highway 4, we also saw multiple signs saying you must arrive at the park visitor center via bus. Luckily we stopped... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The monument is amazing - its size, its breadth, its age....all of this makes you ask questions about their society. Creates great conversation. The cliff dwellings (after climbing up a ladder) are stunning. Great for kids of all ages. Guides are present for any help.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had such a great time here at this park. Where do I begin? The dwellings were magnificent, you could even imagine yourself and family living in these dwelling. We noticed a Scout troop from Albuquerque were enjoying climbing and playing within the dwellings. Wild life~birds, squirrels, deer even a coyote on our drive down from the mountains. Nice museum... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice national park with easy walking trails to fascinating Pueblo cliff dwellings. Floods a few years ago washed away a lot of the public parking so you have to catch their buses at a well marked visitors center a few miles from the park.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The self guided tour is great and easy! We used a recycled map instead of buying a new one. The weather was beautiful. The history was fascinating and it was really cool to actually be able to climb into some of the cavates!

Thank Kamalineequa

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