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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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  • Average2%
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“main loop” (230 reviews)
“cliff dwellings” (225 reviews)
“alcove house” (266 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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"main loop"
in 230 reviews
"cliff dwellings"
in 225 reviews
"alcove house"
in 266 reviews
"white rock"
in 191 reviews
"visitor center"
in 227 reviews
"climb ladders"
in 58 reviews
"long house"
in 41 reviews
"frey trail"
in 42 reviews
"frijoles canyon"
in 68 reviews
"ancestral pueblo"
in 50 reviews
"canyon floor"
in 23 reviews
"santa fe"
in 236 reviews
"trail guide"
in 40 reviews
"ceremonial cave"
in 28 reviews
"national monument"
in 77 reviews
"mule deer"
in 30 reviews
"day trip"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here after visiting Los Alamos. We took the mile plus hike to see the cave dwellings. While not on the same level as some of the cliff dwelling communities in Colorado it is worth a visit especially if combined with a visit to...More

Thank Lee F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You will find excellent information about visiting Bandolier on the NPS site. Advice: Take water or a container (the park has a drinking fountain) In shoulder seasons there is no food for sale in the park so take food. There is a good grocery store...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bandelier was not on our list of places to visit in New Mexico, but we decided to stop there on the spur of the moment. Sure am glad we did. It was definitely a highlight. We did the main loop trail, 1.2 miles. It seemed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is wonderful. The hiking trails were very windy so we did not go down them. The park is pet friendly and the bathrooms are clean

Thank Barbara A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bandelier is a must for anyone looking to get a glimpse of Ancestral life and their ruins. An easy path to walk. Petroglyphs can be found above the rows of holes in the rock face. A few ladders that you can climb to get a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After 35 years in New Mexico I never visited Bandelier- hard to believe! It was incredible, can't wait to go back and do other hikes. Really amazing that you are able to climb ladders into kivas, rooms and really get a sense of what this...More

Thank crg505
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very remote but the scenery is breathtaking. Pet friendly . Hiking was bad due to high winds. I am not a rock climber but there are gorgeous rocks. If you have time it is worth the trip

Thank Barbara A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hike takes about three hours to complete. It can be challenging for some people> If you want to visit the upper pueblos you must climb ladders. This hike is at attitude so be wary of that. Great day!

Thank SlowPoke59
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's spectacular and breathtaking and amazing to get a glimpse into how the cave-dwellers would have lived (the paper guide is very informative and recommend to pick it up before you embark on the trails). You even have the opportunity to climb wooden ladders (akin...More

Thank Jean B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The drive to get there is gorgeous in its own right. Definitely bring a jacket and wear something comfortable. There’s a fair amount of climbing stairs and stone paths to get to the dwellings. You can really get up close and personal here. The views...More

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misenhower
10 April 2018|
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Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
Shuttle service from the White Rock Visitor Center to Bandelier starts on May 17. Visitors may enter in their own vehicles before 9am or after 3pm during shuttle season. Right now the Bandelier Visitor Center is open from... More
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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
5 April 2018|
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Response from Sandy G | Reviewed this property |
The Main Trail has the most dwellings but the Alcove House has a 140 foot climb up a ladder. All are fascinating and worth a good look! Enjoy!!
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Jennie S
31 December 2017|
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Response from ericwalsh1978 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have no idea. I would call or refer to the website.
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