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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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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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Other reviews tell the story - it's well worth a visit. The loop trail from the visitor center is not difficult and takes you past cliff dwellings and remnants of buildings used... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Davis, California
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Other reviews tell the story - it's well worth a visit. The loop trail from the visitor center is not difficult and takes you past cliff dwellings and remnants of buildings used for communal activities. Short ladders allow you to see into some of the rooms in the cliffs. We spend a whole dollar on the trail guide and were... More 

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Cartersville, Georgia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

A time well spent, we had a picnic then set off to explore. Everything was well explained, we toured at our own speed. The weather was great, but the altitude was a little trying. So glad we didn't side track this little adventure.

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We came here to hike. Did the main loop and saw the archeological remnants of the Pueblo people. That is very interesting. Then we continued on up the canyon for several miles. Jumping across the stream back and forth. Strenuous and slowly uphill but you go through a narrow canyon.

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Canby, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Bandelier National Monument is certainly worth your time to visit. The Visitor's Center has good information available and a small museum. The main trail from the VC is a flat pleasant trail to walk. There's no climbing unless you want to get up close to the early Anasazi (The Ancient Ones) cliff dwelling. Even then the path is fairly easy... More 

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San Diego, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

What a wonderful and well preserved archeological site. A short hike to explore well preserved cave dwellings and ancient native american sites. Well worth the visit.

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My family of four -- husband, me, kids ages 5 & 7 -- loved visiting this park. We took the 2.2 mile trail that went through the cliff dwellings and the Alcove. We got the guide to explain the markers. The historical information about the ruins was interesting. We all enjoyed climbing into the cliff dwellings. Also, the fauna in... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is a must see on a trip to Sante Fe. It was a true walk through our past. Very knowledgeable guides. I am not sure if I could have done this in the middle of summer though. Make sure you take time to climb into one of the caves. The bus ride up to the site was nice because... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Well worth the time to travel (about an hour) to the Bandelier National Monument near the Los Alamos National Laboratory. An interesting hike through the early archeological sites. Most of the hike is on level ground but trail to the cliff dwellings does require climbing (and descending) stone steps and wood ladders (to gain access to the cliff dwellings). The... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The scenery is spectacular, the geology is fascinating, as are the archeological sites. The ranger, the movie, and the printed trail guide are all first rate. The main loop hike is not too difficult and very rewarding. It very much exceeded my expectations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Bandelier National Monument Park was really beautiful. You get to climb up to cliff dwellings and enter most of them. I always felt safe enough to participate, except at the last stop. This last stop requires additional hiking and takes you along a beautiful stream lined with Cottonwood Trees. You can purchase a self-guided tour book for $1 at the... More 

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