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Bandelier National Monument

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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“cliff dwellings”(247 reviews)
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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...more
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There is a $25 per vehicle entry fee, but no charge with a NPS Senior Pass. From 9am on the only access is by shuttle bus. If you arrive before 9am you can drive your vehicle down to the lot at the visitor center entrance....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ron T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plan or arriving early and staying the whole day. There are trails for all activity levels. See authentic Native American artifacts.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jill K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit. We have always lived on the East Coast and were amazed how the scenery changed driving from NC out West. We chose to stay in Santa Fe so we could see the Indian ruins here and the Los Alamos science museum....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ILuvEngland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited on a day trip from Albuquerque. Was happy I picked Bandelier rather that the museums in Los Alamos. The mix of nature and historic ruins is impressive. There was a little snow on the ground in late November, so was glad I had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SCalif
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This will not require much hiking skill, which is good for me cause I'm out of shape. Regardless, you will have to ability to see a large number of cave dwellings and be able to go inside a few. Easy to walk pathways. Plan on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ronald M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have visited many National Park designated sites but this was our first time here. It has a great visitor center and a nice movie to see. You then walk out to see Bandelier NM and the setting is awesome and well...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Scott C
Reviewed December 4, 2018

We were delighted to discover Bandelier National Monument as a multi-dimensional experience, just one-hour drive between Santa Fe and the park. The drive alone was well worth the trip with breathtaking views and light traffic both ways. The main attraction of the park starts at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank raharrington85
Reviewed December 2, 2018

The main loop trail takes you past all the important sights. The trek up to the cliff overlook didn’t provide a really good view at the top —about half way up was as good as it got. Easy walking to see the ruins and cavelets...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Evelyn O
Reviewed December 2, 2018

It is the highlight of our trip to New Mexico. We arrived about 2pm and parking was fine, but at peak season it's recommended to take the shuttle bus to the site. The ranger at the visitor center was enthusiastic and informative.Since it was late,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank veronical751
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

Lovely 3 hours. Fantastic history of the Pueblo Indian ancient caves and wonderful easy hike. More exciting by climbing up the ladders 140 feet up cliff face! Fallen trees in the canyon and wish we could do o e of the other longer hikes ....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Glenn G
September 5, 2018|
Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
If you are referring to the free shuttle from White Rock to Bandelier, no reservations needed, simply meet the bus outside the White Rock Visitor Center. The shuttle bus is required to access the park from 9am-3pm... More
August 23, 2018|
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Response from JRBrandes | Reviewed this property |
The Main Loop is still interesting without climbing the ladders. But Bandelier is a very large park with MANY trails and that is only one of them. There are Mesa trails and other types as well. We hiked the Falls Trail... More
August 23, 2018|
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Response from janet g | Reviewed this property |
Parking yourself, and not using the shuttle, should not be a problem. You will just drive to the park itself.
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Stuart K
Los Angeles, California
Bandelier Nat'l Monument, Carlsbad,Caverns & White Sands (6 Replies)
What is the best way to visit Bandelier National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns, and White Sands National Monument? We will be flying from Los Angeles, and will be renting a car. We would love to see White sands in the afternoon and at sunset, and hike the main entrance and see the Kings room at Carlsbad. We would love to do this trip in 4-5 days. Is that possible? We love to hike, but time limitations may prevent that.
October 08, 2013|
Response fromStuart K|
My priority would be to see White Sands during the afternoon and sunset, and Carlsbad Caverns in the morning, and evening; with Bandelier only if it can be fit into a 5 day trip. Where should I fly first from LA, and what would be the best order to visit all 3. If I need to leave out Bandelier, so be it.
San Francisco, California
Bandelier NM to Jemez Peublo (4 Replies)
Based on a reply from another topic, for my trip in mid Sep and from keith's trip report, I have planned to drive from Santa Fe to ABQ via Bandelier and take Route 4 - through Jemez mountains to end in Bernalilo and proceed to ABQ. It would be great if you can point out the best places to stop. I currently know of: Bandelier National monument Valles Caldera Jemez Springs (a good one? and not far off the route?) Jemez NM Jemez Peublo Thanks in advance!
August 30, 2010|
Response fromTimToad123|
Those would be the high points based on my doing that drive many times. Jemez Springs is actually a little town, and I mean little, but very pretty. If you were to even hit a few of those and spend any length of time at each stop expect that trip to take the better part of a whole day. The Valle Caldera is best appreciated from the roadside and/or by taking a little hike on one of the perimeter trails to get a little above it, but I have no idea on your time frame or activity...More
Dallas, Texas
10 day Itinerary help?.. Please! (1 Replies)
Hello everyone, my upcoming New Mexico trip will be May 19-28, 2015. We are three travelers in our 20s renting a car from Dallas, planing to do a roundtrip itinerary and arriving back in dallas late on May 29th. We would like to visit the following locations: Ra Paulette caves near Ojo Caliente Wild Earth Llama adventures in Taos Tent rocks national monument Bandelier National Monument White Sands National Monument Wheeler Peak Mountain Bisti Wilderness Am i being...More
March 29, 2015|