Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos

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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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  • The hiking and history at Bandelier and the facilities within the park are great. There is a ~1.5 mile paved trail that is self-guided through the cliff dwellings and along the creek area through... 
    The hiking and history at Bandelier and the facilities within the park are great. There is a ~1.5 mile paved trail that is self-guided through the cliff dwellings and along the creek area through...  more »
  • Brilliant area to visit and very interesting to see how the Indians lived then. The walk is easily marked out and not too strenuous 
    Brilliant area to visit and very interesting to see how the Indians lived then. The walk is easily marked out and not too strenuous  more »
  • Found this to be a very rewarding hike. We did take the shuttle and it was easy. Allowed us to view the landscape instead of worrying about how to get there. The tour begins with a quick... 
    Found this to be a very rewarding hike. We did take the shuttle and it was easy. Allowed us to view the landscape instead of worrying about how to get there. The tour begins with a quick...  more »
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  • An amazing place. We took a chance on stopping by on our way home from Colorado. Turned out to be a wise choice. Both Visitor Centers were interesting and the volunteers extremely helpful. The short bus ride was nice, got to pay attention to the scenery not the driving. The canyon views are beautiful. The village and cliff dwellings are viewed by a short hike and the additional hike to The Alcove House is worth it. The plant and wildlife are abundant. I hope they give this national treasure National Park status soon, consider it is one of the older monuments. BTW...the Park Cafe have excellent bison and elk burgers, excellent fare for after the hike.
  • Breathtaking hike to view the homes of the Pueblo Indians. A must see when in the area. During the summer months after 9am, you must take a shuttle from White Rock up to Bandelier due to limited parking at the monument. It was nice to get to ride and view some of the dwellings on the way, however. you can climb inside some of the dwellings. The Alcove house is worth the hike, but be prepared for a climb in direct sun. I do not recommend if you are afraid of heights. Bring water and wear sunscreen during the summer/fall time as you are in the sun both ways hiking. There is some shade on the trail but not much. Very cute little gift shop and cafe onsite as well.
  • This was a great experience. Pretty nature hike through the woods while also being able to see authentic Native American cave dwellings that you can go inside. Bring sneakers, lots of water, and snacks. Plan to be there a couple hours to enjoy the trails, cave dwellings and scenery. We walked the main loop then headed to the Alcove. It took us 2.5 hours round trip. Overall it was a great experience and I recommend.
  • Such an underrated place! Amazing historical site and absolutely beautiful scenery! To think that people 1000 years ago live in these caves is simply unbelievable! And the creeks carved out these canyons! Amazing what time could do
  • So captivating to take a glimpse into how the Pueblo natives lived. Definitely gives you perspective how intelligent they are, and their way of life and how functional their way of lives were. You have to look hard but you can see a lot of petroglyphs up high. I wish I could of rent one of these caves for the night. I will say from the parking lot I feel like I'm watched from something on top of the right Ridge.

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