Note that, due to recent (Summer 2011) fire and flood damage in the area, access to the more popular sections of Bandelier (e.g., the Main Loop Trail and Alcove House) requires a short shuttle ride from the nearly community of White Rock. The hike around the Main Loop is well worth it, however. If you are physically able to climb up and down ladders (and are not afraid of heights), do take the time to visit the Alcove House, as well. Watch your footing if you do, however. The loose sand on stone steps can be slippery; one hiker slipped and broke her wrist while I was visiting.