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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: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Canyons, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Cultural
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Owner description: Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on the slopes of the Jemez...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Canyons, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Cultural
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Berkeley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Wonderfully preserved petroglyphs and dwellings along a lovely autumn day walk. Climb the 4 ladders to the "alcove" for a great view and sense of being one with the rock faces.

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Rochester, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were able to drive to the visitors center and hike to the dwellings. Such an amazing piece of history, preserved and accessible. We climbed the 140' vertical which is a series of four wooden ladders with no tethers or facility personal- not for the faint hearted. The view at the top is phenomenal and worth the climb, and makes... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A must see while visiting New Mexico, located on the slopes of the Jemez Volcanic field in the Jemez Mountains. Great place to hike or just walk the trails available. A chance to learn about the homes and territory of the Ancestral Pueblo People, to visit the archeological sites (kivas, rock paintings, and petroglyphs). Beautiful natural landscape, native wild life,... More 

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Frankfort, KY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I loved seeing the cliff homes as well as the ruins. I saw a Mule Deer for the first time - amazing ears! Well worth the trip!

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Windsor
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Drive north on U.S. 285 toward Taos for a day of exploring and hikes at Bandelier National Monument it is about 40 minute drive. Learn about the area from about 15 minute video at visitor center then have snacks or shop at shops. After that choose which places to walk on paths to see such Tyuonyi pueblo, big kiva, cliff... More 

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Vermont
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93 reviews 93 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

This is our 3rd visit to Bandelier. Very few visitors in late October but we had to take the shuttle from White Rock. This was a bummer as we wanted to continue on to Jemez so we had to back track to the new visitors center in White Rock to get our car. Regardless of this, hiking in Bandelier is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I was able to book this tour with Great Southwest Adventures and Bruce the tour guide is not only a knowledgeable guide but a good and caring person. Bandelier is an awe inspiring place to see. Absolutely beautiful place to take pictures and walk the trails. My fear of heights prevented me from climbing the ladders but I did enjoy... More 

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Richmond, VA
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A couple my family and I met at Starbucks told us about the Bandelier. We went yesterday and were not disappointed! It is $12 to park for an hour and a half...but I don't think they check. The monument was half full of sightseers when I got there, but when we left the parking lot was full. The gift shop... More 

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Windsor
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Had never heard of Bandalier National Monument until recently but decided to visit it. Glad we did! We rode the free shuttle bus from the visitor center to the park and were met by a ranger who gave us an overview of the region. There is a small admission fee unless you have a Golden Age Passport. Once inside the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Bandelier is a beautiful National Monument. The walk to the ruins is absolutely beautiful. This monument is very similar to Mesa Verde in Colorado. Be ready to climb ladders! But, even if you can't this monument is worth the trip, and the walk out to the ruins is beautiful. Fall colors are outstanding. View from the Alcove House is outstanding!

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