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Bandelier National Monument

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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“main loop” (249 reviews)
“cliff dwellings” (233 reviews)
“white rock” (205 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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"main loop"
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"cliff dwellings"
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"white rock"
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"alcove house"
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"visitor center"
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"climb ladders"
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"long house"
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"frey trail"
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"frijoles canyon"
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"ancestral pueblo"
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"canyon floor"
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"santa fe"
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"trail guide"
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"ceremonial cave"
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"national monument"
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"mule deer"
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"day trip"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved this National Monument! We camped in the campground - well cared for, clean bathrooms, no reservations required. We got there around 1 to set up camp, then took the bus down to the Visitor's Center. We did the main loop trail at about...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been to Bandelier before and still find if very interesting. We camped at Juniper campground which has shuttle service to the visitor center in addition to a nice hike there. Overall a very nice experience; our only problem was some access to surrounding...More

Thank Ray S
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a National park location with ancient Pueblo peoples’ cliff homes and ruins of early settlements in a gorgeous landscape. The Main Loop hike - including the first extra bit up the cliff face - is quite easy/very doable. BUY THE $2 GUIDE IN...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hike According to your Capacity at Bandelier National Monument at 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508. The ruins are cool too! If you are a v. good hiker, start early and do round trip to Stone Lions!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One thing to remember is during the summer from 9-3 you have to park at White Rock and ride the shuttle up. The shuttle picks up at the bus stop just next to the information center. Information center has nice bathroom and a water station....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took friends from London, their first time in New Mexico, to see Bandalier. They loved it. We got there too late to hike the Frey trail down into the Canyon, one of our favorite hikes as it has dramatic views of the canyon and...More

Thank txnat
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to see where Native Americans lived in the past and to witness the place itself. Nice ladders lead to shelters in rock walls and clear accessible trails make it easy to navigate the area. Can get hot there so be...More

1  Thank jayyyg84
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful area for a nice day hike with interesting history and geology surrounding you in the Parajito Mesa and Frijoles Canyon area. Take some time before your visit to look at Bandelier's website to get an understanding of how the shuttle operates to the Park...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice station and gift shop with a very well marked trail that has lots to see and can climb up in the cave dwellings. Lots to see and Do for multiple age groups without having to go too far.

Thank Jdehart
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had been to Bandelier before, decades ago, and loved it. Now you have to park about 25 minutes away and ride a bus. Bus takes off from a visitor center at which there is no information on what to do--do you pay? Where is the...More

1  Thank Alisonvo
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Joanie B, Manager at Bandelier National Monument, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Alisonvo, Thank you for your visit. I'm sorry to hear that your experience was less than positive. The Bandelier shuttle has been in use since September 2011 and without those shuttles, most visitors would not be able to experience the park due to the...More

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brendajohe
July 3, 2018|
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Response from Desoto H | Reviewed this property |
There is a shuttle bus from White Rock right near the park. Takes about 25 minutea. However, we drove to White Rock from Santa Fe about one hour. If you are asking about taking a bus from Santa Fe or Albuquerque to... More
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misenhower
May 2, 2018|
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Response from travelernottourist | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the date you go there may be a shuttle service operating to bring you into the Valley area as parking lots fill up more quickly. You should check their website so you know what to expect but when you get there... More
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misenhower
April 10, 2018|
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Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
Shuttle service from the White Rock Visitor Center to Bandelier starts on May 17. Visitors may enter in their own vehicles before 9am or after 3pm during shuttle season. Right now the Bandelier Visitor Center is open from... More
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