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Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos
(4.8/5 based on 1,300+ 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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  • To get to this place you must park several miles away at a visitors center where you pay a fee to park your car and wait for a shuttle bus. The fee to park your car covers admission to the Monument fo...  more »
  • We visited late afternoon in July. The trails are very well-marked and generally easy to walk and flat, except for the area of cave dwellings. It was quite hot in the summer and there's little shade, ...  more »
  • We visited Bandelier in early November and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Leaves were changing color and everything was beautiful. It's $20.00 to get in at a self serve gate-you can use ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely stunning park. Worth the trip from Santa Fe to see the abandoned cave settlements of the native people. Try camping to get into the park early to really have a breathtaking experience. Camp sites are very well equipped (bathrooms and running water) and relatively inexpensive.
  • 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.