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Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
At Bandelier National Monument the dwellings and territory of the Ancestral Pueblo people are preserved along the Rio Grande River. At elevations between 1,500 m (5,000 ft) and 3,000 m (10,000 ft), the park has over 110 km (70 mi) of hiking trails, abundant wildlife, forests, and caves. See the remains of the houses, pottery, and the tools that the locals used. Learn about their community structure, farming practices, and trading techniques. Many trails interconnect villages of the area, as Pueblo people liked to trade, hold ceremonies, and socialize. Learn about their history and culture at the visitor center. Plan to see Bandelier National Monument and other attractions that appeal to you using our Los Alamos vacation trip planner.
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  • We have visited Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde and Canyon de Chelly. Bandelier is a more intimate introduction to the ruins of the ancient Puebloans. Idyllic setting nestled along Frijoles Creek with ruins ...  read more »
  • This place is so interesting because of the history behind it and the actual visiting of their dwellings . You feel a sense of tranquility in the magnificent sites you enjoy while up there and the hik...  read more »
  • My family spent 1/2 a day at Bandelier and enjoyed the experience. The trail is easy for almost anyone. There are three 30 foot ladders that you can climb if you want to get up to some of the dwelling...  read more »
  • Greatest national monument and park I've ever been to. So beautiful. Just go!! After 9 am do not drive into the park, they will turn you around and force you to take the shuttle bus. Be smart. Get there at 8:30 am!! Or take a 20 min shuttle. You decide.
  • My grandparents came into town from Texas and the first thing they wanted to do was take me here, and I'm so glad they did. On our way we saw a black bear cub in the road which was a great way to start the trip, the hiking trail was really manageable pretty much anyone can take and the dwellings are incredible! I live in Arizona and have seen some caves and old ruins but nothing like this, not even close. The trail was fairly busy but not bad at all, everyone was able to hike comfortably without getting in anyone's way or anything. For me it was a great trip and not too far of a drive to get there, if you are ever in the area I suggest you go, looking at these historic monuments was amazing and its pretty easy to get lost in there creatively, your imagination can really get the better of you while you're looking at the ruins and the relics that are there.
  • Impressive ancient Native American archaeological site which preserves the cliff dwellings and rock paintings of the Pueblo. Many of the dwellings were carved out of the soft ash layer of the cliffs which was deposited from an ancient supervolcano in the region. Not a lot of free-standing structures remain, mostly foundations. Lots of hiking trails and several of the dwellings are accessible. There are a few ladders off the trails which lead to the higher dwellings where you can get a great view of the canyon. The climb up the ladders felt much safer than they looked.
  • Incredibly beautiful. The trail is fairly easy. Some of the steps coming down from the cave dwellings are steep and narrow but I was able to do the hike without difficulty and I am not in shape or athletic.
  • Frijoles Canyon was very interesting and well worth seeing. I camped Juniper Campground for four nights. Nice scenery and only $12 per night. I liked the electronic self-pay kiosk that takes bank cards. Hiking trails connected the campground to other trails. I biked toward the foot of Jemez Mountains and coasted all the way back! They have a bathroom with electricity and cold water. They might as well have put in a solar- heated water system with showers or at least a stall with a drain and a hanger for solar bag showers. That would have made the experience better. There is a nice aquatic center in Las Alamos which has an Olympic size pool. For $3.25 -- I swam my laps there after showering.
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