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Address: State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Challenging hike for novice- great views

This is a relatively unknown site that has terrific petroglyphs, wonderful views, small caves and a couple of intimidating obstacles to novice hikers. Depending on which trail you... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This is a relatively unknown site that has terrific petroglyphs, wonderful views, small caves and a couple of intimidating obstacles to novice hikers. Depending on which trail you choose you may need to ascend and descend ladders with long throws(my quads still hurt) and walk long stretches in concrete trenches only as wide as your single foot. We took longer... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

The scenery here is amazing! You get a chance to see pertroglyphs / the amazing landscape of New Mexico and ancient Native American dwellings. Once you get to the top of the mesa keep an eye out for red ants but more importantly shards of ancient pottery. It's a don't miss stop while in this part of the country

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Loved our late afternoon hike here. The setting sun made gorgeous colors on amazing vistas! Bonus of LOTS of history on self guided map highlighting Petroglyphs, Ruins and Cliff Dwelling. It was the highlight of our trip

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a separate part of Badelier national Monument and can be accessed near the junction og Highway 4 and East Jemez Road. There is a 1.5 mile loop track which is self-guided and provided an array of beautiful cliffs, unexcavated ruins and caves.

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Savusavu, Fiji
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

If you want a short hike to see ancient Indian ruins & caves, this is it. Just a fun, easy walk with a couple of ladder climbs and amazing views of the canyons surrounding this lovely area.

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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We loved our hike at Tsankawi! The views are awesome of distant mountains, rock formations, cave dwellings and drawings on cave walls! There are two ladders on each end that bring you to Mesa trails which have wild flowers , cactus and pottery shreds! It only takes about an hour and half to explore and take photos of this lovely... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

My family always loves going for a hike at Tsankawi. I love the ladders, views and of course the lizards.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We had no idea what to expect from this site. A little put off that the park service wanted $20 (per car load) but we went in. What a hike! You walk in paths in the soft rocks that were created by the people living there 600+ years ago. At times a little daunting, but not so much that we... More 

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Albuquerque
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Living in New Mexico, as I did for 5 years, you get to do something different every weekend if you want. This site I returned to frequently, wanting to show out of town guests etc. Not too difficult, safe with a bit of common sense, but yet a bit of cliff drama.Maybe not for children without leash. Beautiful views, ancient... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Tsankawi is a detached unit of Bandelier about 15 miles east. It has a nice trail going up to the top of a mesa with ladders for the steepest part. At a leisurely pace (read: with people of various ages) the trail takes about 1 1/2 hours. Most would think it's not worth the fee, but if you've been at... More 

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