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“Excellent Pocket Park”
Review of Tsankawi

Tsankawi
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Los Alamos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2014

The ruins of a pueblo on a mesa top. Or, some unique trails cut in tuff with incredible views. Or, a strange little place with no fences or other intrusions after the initial interpretive kiosk. Or, a minor adventure along a cliff edge with a scary ladder (don't worry, it's safe). It's an outlier of Bandelier so there is a fee. Most common pronunciation has a silent initial T after which folks usually say sanka-WHEE (like you're really happy to get some instant coffee) but I have my doubts. Go ahead and include the T if you want. It sounds more elegant with the stress on the middle syllable. Who knows? Maybe that's right.

5  Thank Dave N
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

As a Native American descendant, the trip to Tsankawi was my favorite part of my trip to Santa Fe. My 8 year old son was part monkey as he climbed all over the cliffs and loved to hear the stories of what was at each station. It was an amazing view and memorable experience. Well worth the hike in the hot desert sun...just take lots of water, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

2  Thank Tglant
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

45 minute walk past cliff ruins .quieter than the main part of bandelier monument. Beautiful views of distant mountains.

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Reviewed May 19, 2014

It isn't very often that you get the opportunity to literally walk in the footprints of a Native American. But at Tsankawi you get to.

We drove here after our visit at Bandelier, hoping Tsankawi would be as wonderful. We loved the opportunity to climb the mountain, using the same trails that were used for hundreds of years. At the trail head, grab a map that explains everything at various stops. And early in the hike, be sure to take the path up the mountain at the 'Trail Loop' sign. Most people we saw missed the turnoff and missed out on something special.

The views from the top were amazing! We also loved seeing the various petroglyphs and working to guess what they symbolized.

This is another amazing hike - don't miss it!

1  Thank joewilk1
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Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful views add in a bit of robust hiking and that was our trip to Tsankawi. As we were going along the ancestral trail we kept imagine what it must have been like for those who came before us. The trail is very narrow in spots and at points kind of close to the edge. It also involves a bit of getting around some rocks that may be part of the trails wear good hiking shoes. Water and a hat is a must as it can be very hot with few shaded areas. The ladders were fun but watch out when going down the third one. The rungs are pretty far apart and a little hard to traverse for those with shorter legs. This was a wondeful experience and I highly recommend it if you are in the area.

Thank Conservativegal
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