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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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connecticut
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This was a highlight of our trip to the Santa Fe area and our only regret is we didn't plan enough time. My teenagers found their inner child again as they climbed and explored this amazing place. It is well preserved and not commercialized at all. Don't miss it.

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Darien, Connecticut
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Fire restrictions mow mean taking a shuttle bus from White Rock. However, you can drive to Juniper Campground just inside the park and hike Frey Trail down to the main area. It's an easy downhill hike with great vantage points and fewer visitors. You can then take the shuttle back to your car at Juniper. Also, damage from the 2011... More

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Arvada, Colorado
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102 reviews 102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

What a wonderful experience we had here! The beauty, history, and peacefulness of this place was astonishing! You have to go to the welcome center and ride the shuttle into the park. The staff are friendly and explained in detail what to expect at the park. We bought the dollar map and found it helpful as it explained the ruins.... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Peaceful, beautiful. People are very helpful and accommodating. The movie is a great introduction to the splendor of what you are about to see. The trails, the caves, the kiva...breathtaking.

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Middlebury, Vermont
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Words cannot describe the beauty and historical significance of this national monument. We got there before 9am as other reviewers have suggested, otherwise, you will be forced to turn around and go back into town and take the shuttle in…no exceptions after 9am. The automatic fee machine at the entrance is a little tricky to work. We are one of... More

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Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

This national park was excellent! first you drive to white city and ride the shuttle. It is a about 25 minute ride to the park. When we arrived we took the self guided tour. Bought the map for a dollar and off we went to the ruins. It is a little bit of a stroll and we passed a few... More

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davis, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a great day for a family with tweens and teens. The hike on the main loop is not difficult or long (a bit over 1 mile) and climbing into the cave dwellings is fascinating. We didn't do the guided tour, but had the booklet, which told us facts about each spot--more information might have been nice, but it... More

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Columbus, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

We almost didn't make time for this, but after researching it again in our Santa Fe hotel room, we made time to run up to Los Alamos before we left for home. I am so glad we did. I would make the trip again to go back here. This is a very nice Pueblo culture monument with cliff dwellings. Perfect... More

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Waterville, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Vey interesting place. Must wear decent shoes as you walk quite a bit. I reaaly enjoyed walking around and going in the cliff dwellings. Only fee was parking $12.00

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Boerne, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you have any interest in the history of the Anasazi people and their culture this is a must see. You will have to walk, 1 -2 miles depending on how much you want to see, but it is worth it. You will see the remnants of a civilization that thrived 600 - 700 years ago. Cliff dwellings, kivas, petroglyphs... More

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