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Bandelier National Monument

#1 of 27 things to do in Los Alamos Features Animals
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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“main loop” (201 reviews)
“cliff dwellings” (205 reviews)
“white rock” (166 reviews)
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

It's one of those beautiful ancient sites I hope you will see and experience. Be prepared for an uphill walk. If I could do it, you can too most likely. Worth every step. Went on a tour.

Thank cherylmelody
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We headed to the Bandelier National Monument on our last day in New Mexico. It was about an hour north of Santa Fe and once at the visitor center you have to take a bus to the park itself, which was about another 30 minutes....More

Thank Modconjon
Reviewed 22 September 2016

After our Hot Air Balloon Ride, Bandelier NM was our best and most rewarding experience in Northern New Mexico. This is a beautiful spot and you soon realize why the Native Americans chose this as a spot to live their lives. Water, firewood, tillable soil...More

Thank Skip B
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Great Place to visit and hike a couple of miles to visit cave dwellings situated along beautiful cliffs. Not suited for very elderly people or those who cannot climb stairs although you can stand downstairs and view the beautiful canyons. Nice location for picture taking...More

Thank TravelerLaMirada
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We drove out to Bandelier National Monument from Santa Fe. Very beautiful drive and lots of spots to get great pics along the way. We ended up buying a year pass to all the National Parks which was only $60 more than the day pass....More

Thank DeeLange29
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Completed the cliff dwelling hike with my husband and 2 young kids. They really enjoyed getting to go inside the caves. The 140 foot climb was too difficult for my kids (under the age of 3) but my husband and I enjoyed it. Bring a...More

Thank Cmac2385
Reviewed 21 September 2016

I visited this park more than 20 years ago, and I can't believe how much it's gained in popularity! But I think deservedly so. If you visit in the prime summer, autumn months, it's necessary to take a shuttle from White Rock (which I don't...More

1  Thank Martin R
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Definitely a must if you are stopping/driving through New Mexico. The place offers so very unique historical sights and beautiful nature views. When we visited the cars weren't allowed to enter the park so we had to stop in the small town nearby and take...More

1  Thank Greg R
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We visited and hiked on a cool but beautiful fall day, and it could not have been more pleasant. At that time of year there were fewer people, and cooler, than during the summer months, so it was quiet and less hectic.

Thank Tracy G
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

The walk is a must see. The length of time to walk the loop really depends on your speed and interest in what you are seeing. I believe the main loop was approx 2 miles. $20 per vehicle ( group because you must take the...More

2  Thank Ray H
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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.
22 February 2017|
Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
The Main Loop Trail is wheelchair accessible and from the village of Tyuonyi you can see the cliff dwellings. Stairs and ladders are used to access the dwellings.