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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. Plan to see Bandelier National Monument and other attractions that appeal to you using our Los Alamos vacation trip planner.
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  • While there are only 3 miles of road, there are 70 miles of hiking trails. ┬áThe terrain is ruggedly beautiful and you are able to hike around the archeological site, seeing and reading first hand how ...  more »
  • Visiting the ancient sites at this monument is not for people with limited mobility. My tour leader convinced me to at least begin walking the trail. He said I could turn back if it got too difficult....  more »
  • Tips: Arrive before 9:00 or after 3:00 to avoid the shuttle. Even though the facilities close at 6:00, the trails are open until dusk. Late afternoon is a great time to go as it is cooler and less cro...  more »

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