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Bandelier National Monument

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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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“white rock” (192 reviews)
“alcove house” (262 reviews)
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We first spent a night in the very nice campground near the entrance. It has a short trail to an overlook of the Frijoles Canyon where the Pueblo Indians lived. The next day we took the short walk from the Visitors Center to the ruins...More

Thank Randy P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for a smaller scale, less crowded, more rustic Mesa Verde, this is the place. I love it for those reasons. There is a short video and a nice 1 mile trail. You can walk up to the caves and look into...More

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This National Monument has an excellent visitor's center with very knowledgeable Park Rangers. The walk through the main canyon is fantastic, super scenic, tranquil and beautiful rock walls on one side and ponderosa forest on the other side. You can climb the ladders to look...More

Thank Will J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we did not heed my advice to you (to go early) and were only able to see a little bit of this wonderful site. We did explore the cliff dwellings that are quite near to the visitor's center, but wish we could have hiked...More

1  Thank Snarth
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been here before just to stop but this time had a chance to actually visit and do the hike. We came after lunch and the crowd was light, likely because it was January and in the 40’s. Take time to visit the museum and...More

Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Bandelier National Monument has two sections. One is a small section close to Los Alamos. This small area is hard to find but worth the hunt. Heading into Los Alamos exit onto highway 4 off highway 502 following the BIG SIGN. This small area is...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Be ready to spend at least half a day here. Take comfy shoes and comfy clothing.... lots of walking and sight seeing.

Thank LorenaRamos
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

This was our second trip to visit this National Monument, and being on a beautiful sunny Winter day in the 50's, it was much more comfortable than our Summer visit a few years earlier. We first watched the short movie about the area and history...More

Thank bsjcook
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Awesome hike to see the cliff dwellings. Not too hard and interesting the entire time. We probably took about 2 hours to do the hike. Great bookstore inside. Recommended!

Thank Kristen C
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Lovely setting, beautifully maintained and a great place to explore. We went during the week so it was not overly crowded. We wished we had of allowed more time as there was more to explore. We will definitely be back. The main office and bathroom...More

Thank Janet F
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Meryl Streep, along with Dr. Dave Warren
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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
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