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Address: 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
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Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on...

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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Go see how the ancestral Pueblo people lived

Bandelier National Monument has beautiful and accessible cliff dwelling ruins that date back to 1150. You will need to take a shuttle to the area if visiting between the hours of... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Bandelier National Monument has beautiful and accessible cliff dwelling ruins that date back to 1150. You will need to take a shuttle to the area if visiting between the hours of 9-3. The main loop trail is 1.2 miles. The first part of the main loop is wheelchair/stroller accessible. The second part of the trail has numerous stone stairways. Ladders... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Bandelier National Monument had lots to see. There were nice cave dwellings you can climb into; a good amount of petroglyphs on the cliffside; and ancient Indian ruins. This could all be seen by hiking 3 miles round trip from the visitor center. It's worth noting that the visitor center was pretty nice with exhibits, and a pretty good movie.... More 

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Bandelier National Monument preserves a canyon containing a multitude of ancient cliff dwellings and the ruins of an ancestral Pueblo village. The main attraction, the village and cliff dwellings, are easily accessible from the parking lot via a 1 mile loop trail. There are other areas to explore within the park, but you will have to do additional hiking to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Archaeological site dating back 500 - 1,000 years. Early habitation by the ancestors of the Puebla peoples of the southwest. The soft cliffs had small eroded areas which were carved out by these early peoples and became dwelling places. Several have ladders so you can climb up and see what it was like to live here. The ceilings are covered... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I remember visiting Bandelier as a child with my family. I visited again a few days ago, 50 years after my first visit. The day we visited the weather was gorgeous - sunny and 45 degrees. It had snowed 2 days prior to our visit so there was some ice and snow still on the ground, but nothing to impede... More 

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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great scenery, archeology and a hike level for all. Climb or don't Walk the extra miles to the plateau but either way you can't miss. We enjoyed the ladders and views from above but most of the interesting excavations and petroglyphs are visible on the lower flatter areas. Decent explanations in the small paper guide.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bandelier is very impressive. It way inhabited 10,000 years ago, and was the home of the ancestral pueblo people who built free standing villages and built houses right into the cliff faces. This s fascinating area to walk through. The park is well kept up and you can do a lot of exploring among the ruins. We saw mule deer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful scenery with history!! My husband and I had the best time exploring this area. Not all of the trails were open due to ice/snow but was able to take a three mile hike and see a lot. Saw six deer that walked right by us, very friendly. Climbed up ladders to see the house and the view at the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is full of history and it's an easy hike around the park. There were families and the kids really had a lot of fun. To see the Alcove house, you will have to climb up steep ladders, and it is not that easy, but going down is even more impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful site for an easy hike among ancient dwellings and fascinating views and history. If you are in the area and have never been here, you must go. Warning about the "Alcove"--this involves a steep, not easy, somewhat risky climb up very long, wooden ladders. It's very, very special but, if you were to fall, you would... More 

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