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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 2013
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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Great short hike to explore the ruins! Great for kids and adults! Small museum and gift shop. Bathrooms available even after the main building closes.12$ to park your car but not a problem because it goes to the upkeep of our national parks! Some areas of hike are tight. *optional area has an option of crawling up 3 ladders to... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A must see. Purchase the small booklet that details the history at each of the 20+ markers along the main trail and take the time to climb up to the cliff dwellings. This trip was an amazing surprise and well worth the drive. We went in mid-April which is off-season and the (small) parking lot was full. Be patient if... More

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Caldecott
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

About an hour from Santa Fe and a beautiful drive. East loop trail with access to Pueblo dwellings via wooden ladders. Not too demanding, but well explained and maintained. There is a more adventurous climb up three longer ladders at the Alcove another half of a mile off the main loop. Very helpful staff and volunteers. Lots of other trails... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I am a local so I have been visiting and hiking here for decades. It is a beautiful and fascinating park with deer, many birds, rare squirrels, porcupines, bears, mountain lions and coyotes and many other varieties of animals. The main part of the park is in Frijoles Canyon and the descent into it is absolutely awesome. There is a... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Amazing walk through ancient Native American ruins. Watch the video of the history of the native cave dweller people and then visit their ancient homes. You will be able to imagine life during that time. The ruins are very well preserved and visitors are able to climb up into the caves. Excellent hike for active children. There are lower trails... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Worth spending a morning here: great cliff dwellings and bat caves, abundant history and quiet creek side rest spots.

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Herndon, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was a lovely and worthwhile day trip from Santa Fe. The park with its Ancestral Pueblo ruins was fascinating. Our volunteer docent was informative and gave us a basic understanding of the culture and the ruins. It was an easy walk to see most of the ruins. We walked up to climb the ladders at the Alcove House A... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

A fairly easy loop hike right out the backdoor of the visitor's center. You are actually allowed to climb rustic ladders up into three different (now stabilized) cliff dwellings and really get a feel of what it was like for early Native Americans to live up in the cliffs. The day we were we also were able to have a... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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203 reviews 203 reviews
123 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

About an hour north of Santa Fe, this national monument was one of our favorites. Not only can you see the ruins of Ancestral Pueblo people, you can access some of the cliff rooms by ladder. There are some petroglyphs as well, and a trail for walking/hiking. The gift shop (not the one in the visitor center) had some nice... More

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Alameda, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was incredible. We took the main loop hike with our two boys and went up to see the cliff dwellings. Very educational with beautiful, beautiful scenery. Take care if you have mobility issues or are in very poor shape. Otherwise, definitely a must see.

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