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Address: 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
Phone Number: 505-672-3861 x517
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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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Awesome Hike! Beautiful scenery.

Under an hour from Santa Fe. This is a Beautiful National Park and well worth the ride. It is a little bit of walking but it is really a treasure.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Rick L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Family with small kids critical tip: in general you suppose to take the shuttle from White Rock, this drive is 25min, no very fast and friendly for the little ones, i had 10years old, 6 years old and 14 month baby, what you may don't know, is that this bus also has a stop at the parking lot just of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Under an hour from Santa Fe. This is a Beautiful National Park and well worth the ride. It is a little bit of walking but it is really a treasure.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must recommendation for everyone that visits in Santa Fe. It is a about 45 minutes north of the city and easy to reach. The history is amazing, the paths and park are well maintained and you feel like you have stepped back in time. The rangers are knowledgeable and kind. They will take into consideration what you... More 

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North Caldwell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of stairs but all worth it to experience the ancient cliff dwellings. The scenery is at once eerie and spectacular. The park is well marked to help you understand just what you are seeing. Spend a few hours imagining yourself as a cliff dweller in this village.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great half-day outing for anyone staying in the Santa Fe area. The shuttle service is frequent and there is no charge. The entry fee is modest. There is a cute visitor's centre right at the start of the hike with snack bar, educational centre and gift shop. The hike itself is actually quite easy but there are... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are in the Santa Fe area then do not miss this attraction! TRuly one of the most beautiful places I have seen. The shuttle is easy to use, and the trails are not hard at all. Don't be scared to go all the way up to Alcove House - it's well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky enough to go to BNM on the 100th Anniversary. The park provided free cake as well as free admission. I have attached a photo of the cake. We loved our visit to this fantastic park. Bring some snacks, water, bug spray and sunscreen.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A stop on our tour of New Mexico. A beautiful valley floor where you can see the remains of Pueblo dwellings thousands of years old. There are also cliff dwellings you can climb to and explore. A true New Mexican experience not to be missed.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Excellent place to see Native American ruins, with a trail that is very manageable for families. Kids love the trail in the cliffs, with ladders to rooms to explore. NIce little visitor center with snack bar. Requires taking a free shuttle from White Rock (Memorial Day to Labor Day), 9 miles away.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took family, visiting for a reunion, here in June. They loved it. The runs and scenery are awesome. The trails are well kept, even with all the flooding issues over the course of the las 5 years, it's still an awesome little hike and the museum is enjoyable!

Thank Steve R

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