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Address: State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM

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Nice Hike Right Off the Highway

Tsankawi is a part of Bandelier, but is easily accessible from Hwy. 4 near the light at the Los Alamos Truck Route. Because it is part of the National Parks system, you will need... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2016
Miriam R
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

Tsankawi is a part of Bandelier, but is easily accessible from Hwy. 4 near the light at the Los Alamos Truck Route. Because it is part of the National Parks system, you will need to pay to access the site, or, if you visit National Parks often, purchase a National Parks Pass online. Tsankawi is a 1.5-mile loop up and... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Not that many people visit this sub-unit of Bandelier, but they should. It's got it all -- ruins and views. There's a short trail that takes you around the site, and the part through the ruins gives you a picture of what it would have been like to live there. Trail hangs close to the edge in places and there... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a great hike that is can be better than the main park depending on what you are looking for. It is located in a different location so make sure get directions. The hike itself is straightforward easy to follow but make sure to follow the signs and walk it counter clockwise. The views, petroglyphs, and sites are amazing.... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful hike with amazing vistas. Maybe going here first spoiled me, because the main park was not that interesting. I recommend this site over the main park.

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Boerne, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Loved the un crowded trails. Paths and steps worn though the solid rock were AMAZING! To walk in the exact steps of those before us was unreal. Paths lead to the top of a mesa with nice views. Cant wait to retrun and bring my boys.

Thank pamelaL74
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is a great hike--quiet, not too long, lots to see. The views are amazing. You will see ancestral Puebloan pictographs, which was super exciting. This site is unexcavated, so you can see painted pottery shards all over the place where the main dwelling existed! You do have two ladders to climb during the hike, so not recommended for those... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

We stopped here on our way into Bandelier. It was a tiny bit of a work out but my husband and I didn't find it difficult at all (we are fit 60 year olds). Opportunities to see many petroglyphs and cliff dwellings. We were alone most of the time too.

Thank jads8627
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

As U follow the path up to the ruins U notice how the relatively soft volcanic tuft has been worn down by 1000s of mocasins that went before and I realized the circular spireling indian petroglyphs were simply "Road Signs" warning of "Coiled" rattlesnakes in the area> remember everyone traveled by Walking in those days before horses. Then U come... More 

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Clinton, Mississippi
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

The landscape is gorgeous here but there are several ladders to climb on this exciting trail. Also there is a bit of rock scrambling so be sure you can handle these things before going. There are beautiful views from the trail and it is very exciting to go along the rock edges. Allow a full 2 hours or more to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

I'm not generally a hiker, but I really wanted to see some cliff dwellings while we were in the Santa Fe area. We spent about two hours doing this loop. There are a couple of ladders that you have to navigate along the trail, and some of the pathways are dug into the rock and very narrow. But the views... More 

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