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Bandelier National Monument

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Closes in 10 min: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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“main loop”(272 reviews)
“cliff dwellings”(247 reviews)
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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...more
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed today via mobile

We went snowshoeing on a hiking trail which is absolutely gorgeous. The government is in shut down so the actual park is closed. We had access to trails along the outer portions which were “open trails”.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank donnasassy
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a $25 per vehicle entry fee, but no charge with a NPS Senior Pass. From 9am on the only access is by shuttle bus. If you arrive before 9am you can drive your vehicle down to the lot at the visitor center entrance....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ron T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plan or arriving early and staying the whole day. There are trails for all activity levels. See authentic Native American artifacts.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jill K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit. We have always lived on the East Coast and were amazed how the scenery changed driving from NC out West. We chose to stay in Santa Fe so we could see the Indian ruins here and the Los Alamos science museum....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ILuvEngland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited on a day trip from Albuquerque. Was happy I picked Bandelier rather that the museums in Los Alamos. The mix of nature and historic ruins is impressive. There was a little snow on the ground in late November, so was glad I had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SCalif
Reviewed 14 December 2018

This will not require much hiking skill, which is good for me cause I'm out of shape. Regardless, you will have to ability to see a large number of cave dwellings and be able to go inside a few. Easy to walk pathways. Plan on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ronald M
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have visited many National Park designated sites but this was our first time here. It has a great visitor center and a nice movie to see. You then walk out to see Bandelier NM and the setting is awesome and well...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Scott C
Reviewed 4 December 2018

We were delighted to discover Bandelier National Monument as a multi-dimensional experience, just one-hour drive between Santa Fe and the park. The drive alone was well worth the trip with breathtaking views and light traffic both ways. The main attraction of the park starts at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank raharrington85
Reviewed 2 December 2018

The main loop trail takes you past all the important sights. The trek up to the cliff overlook didn’t provide a really good view at the top —about half way up was as good as it got. Easy walking to see the ruins and cavelets...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Evelyn O
Reviewed 2 December 2018

It is the highlight of our trip to New Mexico. We arrived about 2pm and parking was fine, but at peak season it's recommended to take the shuttle bus to the site. The ranger at the visitor center was enthusiastic and informative.Since it was late,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Glenn G
6 September 2018|
Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
If you are referring to the free shuttle from White Rock to Bandelier, no reservations needed, simply meet the bus outside the White Rock Visitor Center. The shuttle bus is required to access the park from 9am-3pm... More
24 August 2018|
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Response from JRBrandes | Reviewed this property |
The Main Loop is still interesting without climbing the ladders. But Bandelier is a very large park with MANY trails and that is only one of them. There are Mesa trails and other types as well. We hiked the Falls Trail... More
23 August 2018|
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Response from janet g | Reviewed this property |
Parking yourself, and not using the shuttle, should not be a problem. You will just drive to the park itself.