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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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wonderful hike!

Excellent and the experience was enhance by the Indian flute player whom you could hear all over the canyon.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Searcy, Arkansas
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Searcy, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent and the experience was enhance by the Indian flute player whom you could hear all over the canyon.

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Lexington, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful just beautiful get the shuttle at white springs there is no parking on site you can purchase tickets there as well if you pay in cash. The first part of the trails can be busy with folks going out to the cliff dwellings, but it thins out as it gets more difficult or longer. I choose to hike up... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great park if you have friends or family along with different abilities. In our group we had options to take longer or more difficult hikes, or simple and easy. There are interesting features with any hike. For thôse that wish to sit only, sit and read, eat and/ or shop there is that too. One of our party was still... More 

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Long Beach, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was the first trail that we hiked upon arriving to New Mexico. We took the shuttle from the White Rock visitors center, and I was a little apprehensive at first because the group was huge and we kinda wanted to do our own thing. However, once we got there and the guide provided a quick introduction, everyone went their... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views, well preserved history, easy hiking trails. It's a bit off the beaten path but well worth the drive.

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Ingleside, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I drove through Santa Fe, NM and wanted to find some fun, historical and/or physically active things to do. We camped at the onsite Juniper Campground (which I highly recommend and will review separately), and then got up early to see the sights. If you don't camp, there were plenty of parking spaces at the amphitheater parking... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is well worth seeing, A lot of easy hiking trails and the ruins are outstanding. Climbing the ladder to the Alcove ruins is a great experience.

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Montgomery, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Terrific experience! Well worth the drive. Following the signs to Bandelier, you will be directed to the White Rock NM Visitors Center where you will pickup a shuttle bus to the park. The bus ride (they run every 30' in season) takes about 20'. The park itself has some parking for private cars but this is mostly to accommodate handicapped... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Bandelier National Monument is an interesting place. About 2hrs from Alb. You park in White Rock and take the shuttle to the park (about 20 mins). The shuttle is free. The ruins of the old houses both in the valley and along the cliff wall are interesting. The hike has a fair amount of stairs and that needs to be... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Really great national park, climb the ladders into the caves. Easy going, calming place to visit. Walk to the end of the main loop to see amazing petroglyphs -- bring lots of water, even though it's a short hike, there wasn't much shade

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