This small portion of Bandelier National Monument is a real jewel that is detached from the main park area. We explored this area by following the 1.5 mile loop trail. We enjoyed the trail immensely, feeling that it had many features that we have not experienced in other areas. The sheer number of dwellings, and the large area covered in this hike makes this site unique. Another unique feature is the ruts that were created by the years of ancestral pueblo Indians walking from the dwellings to the land that they farmed.
The trail is very hot if you are doing it in the summer during the mid-day time frame. There is very little shade along the trail and the trail is completely dry. There is a very clean restroom and potable water available at the trailhead. Make sure that you take water with you. There is a trail guide at the start of the trail as well which you can purchase for $0.50 which is very interesting and helps guide you along the trail.
The parking lot for this hike is located just along Hwy 4, just south of the junction of NM502 and NM 4, or just north of the stop light at East Jemez Rd and NM4.