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“NM's hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bandelier National Monument

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
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Canyons, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Cultural
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
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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
Taos, New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“NM's hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

This used to be one of the best spots in NM. Much of it burned in 2011 though :(

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

Clearly one of the best placed to visit in the Los Alamos area.

Visited June 2011
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful landscapes and great trails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

I haven't been there since the 2011 fire, but, when I have visited in the past, this is a must visit attraction in northern New Mexico. The main trail passes through a pueblo ruin and then hugs a cliff, passing a number of wooden ladders visitors can climb to explore cliff dwellings. Children love this trail because they get to go inside these little caves in the cliff face. There are also some wonderful long hiking trails, including backpacking trails, that the more adventurous can take. However, hikers should be careful to bring plenty of water, especially in the summertime. The land is very unforgiving, and the trails are very challenging, especially once you have run out of water.

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central Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Stunning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

It's a magical place, even after the fire and the floods. You must take a tour around the park and the rangers couldn't be more helpful!

Visited December 2011
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Tuovilanlahti, Finland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Awesome place. Amazing environment.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Easily one of the nicest places I've ever visited. One of our stops between New Jersey and Grand Canyon. Made me realise that people have been quite smart several hundred years ago. We are not that much smarter now.

Visited December 2011
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