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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We decided to make the drive to Bandelier during our stay in Santa Fe and we loved it. The best advice I can give is to drive to the park and arrive before 9AM. The gate closes at 9AM and visitors are forced to take the shuttle after that time. On the drive to the park, all the signs say... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The main section of Bandelier (the Frijoles Canyon section) was a wonderful experience when we first visited about 20 years ago, but in the ensuing time, the increase in visitors has led the park service to institute a shuttle bus system for getting into the canyon. The buses leave from a terminal about 8 miles from the canyon's visitor center,... More

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Leawood, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is about a 20 minute drive from the Hilton Buffalo Thunder north of Santa Fe. We did it on a whim, pretty unprepared, but it turned out well anyway. Tip: Stop at the food truck just before the entrance to the Visitor's Center on the left side of the highway...super delicious burritos can be made to take with you.... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

When we visit Santa Fe and Taos, I always take time to drive over to Bandelier to visit the ruins which are carved into the canyon walls. This isn't the most spectacular park you will visit and it doesn't compete with Mesa Verde, but it is a peaceful canyon and one can visualize the Anasazi's living there peacefully by the... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This national monument has many miles of hiking trails. But the real stars are the Pueblo village and the cliff dwellings. Not as big as Mesa Verde, but then also not as crowded. You have to take the shuttle to the main park, but you can drive to the other hiking trails. This was not at all obvious from the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Wow.... The site was incredible to see and to think about how the Puebloan people lived. From the village in the canyon to the petroglyphs high above the caves... it's something everyone should see in their lifetime. The shuttle bus driver was great and pointed out sites along the way. He said he's the last of the original drivers--all the... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

One of the highlights of our trip to New Mexico. AND: Finally a place in New Mexico that had good signage and it was easy to get here just by following the signs from Santa Fe. Summer visitors: If you arrive before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m., you can drive right up to the Bandelier National Monument visitors center;... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Loved visiting this site. Seeing the ground ruins was very interesting and the park provides self guided tours. You may borrow the brochures at the beginning of each trail so you don't miss anything. The highlight for us was being able to climb up stairs and ladders to go inside the cavates, seeing the pectographs and the view from the... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have been to new mexico several times and every time i go i have to go to bandelier. this is one of my favorite spots on earth. the trails are easy to walk and i love to climb up to the kiva at the end. I can not recommend this place highly enough. The only bad thing is the... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The national monument is just superb! The place is so beautiful and a must-see in New Mexico. The last set of ladders to the alcove is totally worth climbing. The view from atop the alcove is beautiful. Don't miss this !

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