Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos

Must see · Canyon · Historic Site
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. To find out how to plan a trip to Los Alamos, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • What an amazing time!! The hike is easy, with most of it more like a sidewalk than a trail. Make the trip, you will not be disappointed. Staff here are top shelf and extremely helpful.  more »
  • Don't let the drive fool you or stop you. This is a MUST SEE even if you are not a hiker. Give the indigenous people their due, and see where it all started. You can walk it, hike it, climb it (on....  more »
  • The monument is a convenient one hour drive from Santa Fe. It was much larger than I expected for a National monument… much more like a national park. The views overlooking the canyon on the way to....  more »
  • Very fascinating. I recommend getting the app to accompany your visit. Also, dress warm since the side the cliffs are on is very warm but under the trees on the other side of the brook gets very cold. Well worth your trip and easy to do with kids. It's only about a mile around the smaller hike and still gorgeous. Everyone was considerate and wore masks when they would cross, but otherwise kept the masks off and just kept their distance. We loved this place. Also the park ranger there was very nice which is always a bonus!
  • Totally loved this place. It's volcano erupted place and it's where our ancestors found home too! There is very good hike to the top! It's one way! But totally worth the trek!
  • Only 45 minutes from Santa Fe, this is a National Monument that is worth your time. There are cliff dwellings that date back 10,000 plus years. The loop trail plus the Alcove Trail came out to about three miles. The Alcove House does require a semi-strenuous climb up several sets of ladders. It's not as tough as the signs make it out to be but it will give you a decent workout and is probably not great for those who are afraid of heights. The other dwellings are much more accessible and the latter climbs are much shorter. I would recommend adding this one to your list!
  • Such an awesome park! I plan to come back in the summer sometime since part of it was closed off due to snow (totally understandable).
  • The cliff houses are amazing. The caves have ladders and you can get in as many as you can. Short hike from the visitor center and it’s around 2 miles round trip. The views are cool and weather was nice as well. It has lot of other trails which are harder and take a lot of time. Dogs are not allowed on the trail.

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