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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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A Centering Experience

After our Hot Air Balloon Ride, Bandelier NM was our best and most rewarding experience in Northern New Mexico. This is a beautiful spot and you soon realize why the Native... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Rocklin, California
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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After our Hot Air Balloon Ride, Bandelier NM was our best and most rewarding experience in Northern New Mexico. This is a beautiful spot and you soon realize why the Native Americans chose this as a spot to live their lives. Water, firewood, tillable soil and shelter were in abundance in this narrow canyon environment. There is ample evidence of... More 

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La Mirada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great Place to visit and hike a couple of miles to visit cave dwellings situated along beautiful cliffs. Not suited for very elderly people or those who cannot climb stairs although you can stand downstairs and view the beautiful canyons. Nice location for picture taking and learning about the area.

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Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove out to Bandelier National Monument from Santa Fe. Very beautiful drive and lots of spots to get great pics along the way. We ended up buying a year pass to all the National Parks which was only $60 more than the day pass. Looking forward to get to the Grand Canyon. The staff was very helpful and informative... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Completed the cliff dwelling hike with my husband and 2 young kids. They really enjoyed getting to go inside the caves. The 140 foot climb was too difficult for my kids (under the age of 3) but my husband and I enjoyed it. Bring a camera because the view is amazing. Bring lots of water because the first 1/2 of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited this park more than 20 years ago, and I can't believe how much it's gained in popularity! But I think deservedly so. If you visit in the prime summer, autumn months, it's necessary to take a shuttle from White Rock (which I don't think is really much of an inconvenience) If you enter after 3 pm, you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely a must if you are stopping/driving through New Mexico. The place offers so very unique historical sights and beautiful nature views. When we visited the cars weren't allowed to enter the park so we had to stop in the small town nearby and take the bus (no worries, it's provided by the park's visitor center - it takes you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited and hiked on a cool but beautiful fall day, and it could not have been more pleasant. At that time of year there were fewer people, and cooler, than during the summer months, so it was quiet and less hectic.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The walk is a must see. The length of time to walk the loop really depends on your speed and interest in what you are seeing. I believe the main loop was approx 2 miles. $20 per vehicle ( group because you must take the shuttle into the park until Octoberish). The self guided tour book is very informative and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a unique and fascinating place. Recommend the tour - or parts of it. Be prepared with water for your hike. Important here. Found the trek to the cavates to be fairly simple if taken at a moderate pace. It's a mystical place.

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

From the Visitor Center at White Rock (with ample free parking for cars & separate lot for RVs), you are required to take a shuttle bus into the Bandelier N.M., and I’m sure glad we did! See the Bandelier website for exemptions, but that requirement to take the bus goes to Oct. 18th, 2016, between the hours of 9 AM... More 

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