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Bandelier National Monument

#1 of 28 things to do in Los Alamos Features Animals
15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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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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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I enjoyed the visit by free bus through the canyons to the visitor center. We got the orientation from the Ranger at the entry & then, bam you're off on a long hike. The Kivas were interesting, but the main event were the cliff dwellings...More

Thank MrSmitcher
Reviewed 3 days ago

While there are only 3 miles of road, there are 70 miles of hiking trails.  The terrain is ruggedly beautiful and you are able to hike around the archeological site, seeing and reading first hand how the Pueblo lived.  The Park is open dawn to...More

Thank Crystal R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visiting the ancient sites at this monument is not for people with limited mobility. My tour leader convinced me to at least begin walking the trail. He said I could turn back if it got too difficult. By the time I realized how difficult the...More

Thank 2littletime2seeitall
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Tips: Arrive before 9:00 or after 3:00 to avoid the shuttle. Even though the facilities close at 6:00, the trails are open until dusk. Late afternoon is a great time to go as it is cooler and less crowded. Use your National Parks Pass for...More

Thank GNeeB
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spent a wonderful few hours visiting the Valdes Caldera & then hiking from the Visitors Center (primary access during the day by free shuttle from White Rick or Juniper Campground) through the ancient Pueblo village carved into the volcanic cliffs & on the floor...More

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to Bandelier National Monument. The trail through the ruins is very interesting. I like that you get to tour on your own, at your own pace, rather than following a tour guide. The history of the place is...More

Thank JoanieLong
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not as spectacular as the ruins at Mesa Verde or Chaco Canyon but unique since many people lived in small caves in the canyon walls. Great for kids with ladders to climb to see into some of the caves. Easy 1 1/2 mile loop hike...More

Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Trails are easy and clean. Lower trails are asphalt. Upper trails are a little bit more challenging for elders. Very nice informational center with a lot of helpful people. Picnic area and snack bar/gift shop. Center has a short movie in its little theater about...More

Thank tjhiller
Reviewed 1 week ago

We take all our visitors to Bandelier. A beautiful drive and an incredible experience. History buffs to kids will love this place. Explore the ancient ruins, climb the ladders to the Alcove house. Walk along the stream and watch the deer. There are two gift...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The monument has changed after several fires in the area, but it has only made it a better place to visit. There are many trails to walk. It is all moderately easy, but you can choose your walks. Lots of kivas to climb into and...More

Thank Tom L
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6 August 2017|
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Response from LMarshUK | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have any problem with using the shuttle service, waiting less than 5 minutes at both ends. As someone else noted, it enabled us to look at the view rather than the road. The best reason for arriving before 9 am is... More
17 May 2017|
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
Extremely scenic on the way to the Park. The Park itself has to be seen from walking trails.
12 March 2017|
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Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
All inter-agency, America the Beautiful passes are accepted at Bandelier National Monument.