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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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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

October is a fabulous time to visit this National Park, with cooler temps and deciduous trees blazing with so much yellow that they are almost phosphorescent! Certainly worth a trip after the Bradbury museum in Los Alamos. Limited concessions, so plan a picnic or eat...More

Thank ChristyHasch
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I had never heard of this National Park until looking on a map. I was so surprised that the only way into Bandelier was taking a bus from the White Rock Visitors Center. It was quite a long drive up to the Visitors Center to...More

Thank CathyP1953
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Such a fun park! You do have to ride a shuttle to get to the main part of the park. Our kids (ages 5,8,11,12) loved climbing the ladders and getting inside the cave dwellings. This park was one of the highlights of our trip out...More

Thank snmommy
Reviewed 3 days ago

Bandelier National Monument was the first attraction we visited during our trip to New Mexico, and this was well worth our visit. You need to park at the Visitors Center and ride a shuttle for about 15 miles -- no big deal. To see the...More

Thank DWbiker
Reviewed 4 days ago

To enter the monument prior to 3pm, you need to take a shuttle from the White Rock Visitor's Center. We decided to wait until after 3pm and drive ourselves. The cost is $20 per carload. There are far fewer people in the afternoon and more...More

Thank vas57
Reviewed 5 days ago

This site is definitely worth seeing. It was far more expansive than most Pueblo sites--the history is fascinating. Prepare to do some walking/climbing, but the place is well designed for both and accessible to most with average walking abilities. The road to Bandelier is remote...More

Thank BeachPug11
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We returned to Bandolier after an absence of almost 20 years and it is just as special now as the first time we visited. The evidence for the recent flood demonstrates the raw power of nature in these canyons and reminds us of the fragility...More

Thank PaulBadgers1234
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Any visit to Santa Fe area must include a visit to the Pueblo cliff dweller national site. As seniors it was a bit of a hike up the 1.5 mile trail. There are some level areas, many stairs, rocky areas to walk up or down....More

Thank terwic
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bandelier is a fabulous ruin of a cliff-dwelling Pueblo tribe with lots of quite well preserved stone and cave ruins. You can climb ladders into a few of the caves and get a sense of how they lived. They apparently abandoned the area during a...More

Thank Leni W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned a long weekend get-away to Santa Fe, NM in October. During our trip, we did a hiking outing to Bandelier National Monument. It was so beautiful. The weather was perfect. The park is very well laid out. We did the main loop and...More

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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.