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Address: 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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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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Do this hike. Use the guidebook. Take your time. Think about the history. Make the optional hike to the top. Climb the ladders. Check out the petroglyphs. Try to see what was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Do this hike. Use the guidebook. Take your time. Think about the history. Make the optional hike to the top. Climb the ladders. Check out the petroglyphs. Try to see what was. This was one of our top adventures.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

While it is still recovering from the 2011 flooding incident, Bandelier is a beautiful place that allows you to connect with nature while you learn about history. A nice leisurely drive from Albuquerque (about 1-1.5 hours), and you'll find yourself here. You can choose your activity level: stay on the path, continue to the cliff climb, or hike the designated... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Wow! We really enjoyed our visit here. We found it fascinating to walk among the ruins and view the petroglyphs and get an idea of what it was like to live 1000 years ago. Wish we could have spent more time.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We had a beautiful day to visit the monument. There are several hikes, and the one we did was the mile and 1/3 which takes you along a level trail for awhile and then it takes you up the cliff dwellings where you can climb the ladders into the Pueblo habitats from many many centuries ago. If you have weak... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Followed the advice of Trip Advisor and visited during our stay in Santa Fe. So glad we did. Learning so much about the Pueblo Indians and the scenery was spectacular. Only two out of 6 took the extra excursion up 4 flights of ladders and 2 flights of steps to get to the overlook. I am so glad I did!... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Brought two friends up here on Oct. 15th. The shuttles worked extremely well. I was surprised. If you get there after 900 and before 300 pm you have to go to the free shuttle which meets at the visitor center in white rock. There is a sign that tells you when you miss the visitor center and need to go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting historical context of the west in the 1300 and 1400s. Informative self guided walking tour. Breathtaking vistas from all angles. Take it easy and stay hydrated and wear a hat -- it was over 80 degrees in late October and is over 6000 feet above sea level. The free shuttle from White Rock visitor center was an unexpected... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Travelled here with my three sisters in September 2015. All agreed it was worth the drive to see this interesting and different environment and learn it's history. We had a wonderful Ranger that taught and toured us through the monument. A couple of easy hikes were very pleasurable.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Arrive before 9am or after 3 pm and park up at the park. In between those times, you can take a free shuttle...a 15-20 minute ride. The hiking trail is mild and easy for everyone. You can climb easy ladders to go inside some of the best cliff dwellings that New Mexico has to offer. I recommend going in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We went on a cloudy Sunday. If you don't arrive before 9am you must park in the town of White Rock and take a (Free) shuttle bus from the Tourist Center into the canyon (11miles) with one stop at a camping area. I can still smell the pine in that canyon and the cool walk was very enjoyable. The main... More 

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