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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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A nice alternative to Bandalier

We have been to Bandalier and the Puye Cliffs many times so we were excited to learn about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anne A
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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Interesting short hike

The Tsankawi hike is short and seeing the way Native Americans lived here in a cave based community... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rudolph F
Huntersville, United States
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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been to Bandalier and the Puye Cliffs many times so we were excited to learn about Tsankawi, which is part of Bandalier but is not a part of the main section of the park. It was a fabulous alternative to the busy Bandalier....More

1  Thank Anne A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tsankawi hike is short and seeing the way Native Americans lived here in a cave based community around 1600 while at the same time the Spanish were settling Santa Fe is amazing. Great views of surrounding mountains with minimal effort. Note: I would be...More

Thank Rudolph F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many of the guide books mention Tsankawi as a nice easy "warm up" hike or something to do when Bandelier is just too crowded. It's much more than that and, in my opinion, it's really not as easy as advertised. but well worth the effort....More

Thank eznelson
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We took this hike after leaving Bandolier. Look for the parking area after the turn off to Los Alamos going toward Santa Fe. There was quite a bit of scrambling over rocks and you have to climb up (and down) 3 ladders, but if you...More

Thank Bill T
Reviewed 5 May 2017

A nice walk in Bandelier tuff (explosive eruption deposit of the Walles caldera) with preserved prehistoric habitations of Native Americans. You will see many original petroglyfs, as well as you can find relics of ancient tools made of rocks. Do not pick up, just watch!

Thank ACSforever
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the snow covered experience, imagining the ancient people and their culture. Very well worth the adventure finding the trail in the snow. This was a great introduction to the larger cliff dwellings at Bandelier NM near the visitor center.

Thank Carmia C
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

This nice site is right off the road on the way to the main part of Bandolier National Monument. It is worth a stop. The petroglyphs are excellent. They're both from the time that the Tewa speaking Indians were here, as well as further petroglyphs...More

1  Thank JR M
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This short 1.5 mile hike is not meant for those with walking, balance or fear of heights. The trail in places is only as wide as your foot, worn into the rock from centuries of traffic and other places where the trail drops off steeply...More

Thank Trish-Larry
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The road descends into Bandelier National Monument, winding around cliffs, showing up close sculpted landscape that could look like moon rock but it's actually compressed ash from a volcanic eruption over a million years ago.

Thank Sassamatt
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

The Tsakawi area is a part of the Bandelier National Monument, but not adjacent to. Coming from Santa Fe, it is approximately 1-2 mikes prior to White Rock. There are many cavates along the trail. A few short ladder climbs are required. The trail is...More

Thank Bellaire56
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Would my 5 year old be able to do this trail? He's done lots of hiking in Appalachian Mountains.
7 February 2017|
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Response from 100QA | Reviewed this property |
There are a few drops so you would need to hold hands and there is one short ladder but i suspect your 5 year old could hold on to you when you use it. Otherwise it is easy. Fyi parking is overpriced if i recall correctly... More
Hello, I am going to Bandelier on Thursday. Online it said you can drive in if you arrive before 9 AM. I want to be there at 7 to avoid the crowd. We will park at the visitor center and then hike from there. How do you get to Tsankawi from Frijoles Canyon? Thank you. I am looking forward to see this beautiful place. Any other advice for me? Thanks.
5 July 2016|
Response from Jude2630 |
The only info I can share is that we got there at 8 AM on a Sunday and there was no crowd which was really nice. By the time we were leaving around 9:30 people started arriving so early is good!
Kate E
Wondering ifit is safe to do this walk now in the snow?
29 December 2015|
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Response from Teresa R | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answer. Too much slick rock and unprotected ledges.