Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, Los Alamos

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  • Many of the guide books mention Tsankawi as a nice easy "warm up" hike or something to do when Bandelier is just too crowded. It's much more than that and, in my opinion, it's really not as easy as ad...  more »
  • We took this hike after leaving Bandolier. Look for the parking area after the turn off to Los Alamos going toward Santa Fe. There was quite a bit of scrambling over rocks and you have to climb up (an...  more »
  • A nice walk in Bandelier tuff (explosive eruption deposit of the Walles caldera) with preserved prehistoric habitations of Native Americans. You will see many original petroglyfs, as well as you can f...  more »
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  • We were here Mother's Day weekend and loved it! The shuttle was great,I would not have wanted to navigate that road! The hike in was easy and the ruins,history and preservation was amazing...I bought quite a few books at the visitor center for my six year old granddaughter and we are pouring through them right now.! Great place to visit and take your kids!
  • Fascinating place. Bring a camera. One full day should give you enough time to explore the main features. Stay longer if you want to do more hiking or camping. My kids (7 to 15 years old) enjoyed it!
  • Overpriced for what you are visiting. The website isn't clear that you have to pay to get in (after hours). The instructions stated to no pay until you find a camping spot, so we followed the instructions found on their website. It turns out you have to pay $20 to get in, then an additional camping fee. Not only this, but we had mice problems in our RV! This is the only place I have dealt with mice, and after a sleepless night here, we left! The attitudes of the park rangers are rather negative. I would not take my family here again. The only good thing about this place was the park hosts who were rather nice, and being able to climb into historic structures.
  • Coming from the East coast one would think this place is beautiful. Coming from Colorado it is nothing special. I liked that it was low key. I visited during the last week of March for a two-night backpacking trip. Once I ventured beyond the cliff dwellings I saw only a single soul in my 36 hours there. The paths are damaged and/or hard to follow after the fire five years ago. The ranger said they will improve the trails seven years after the fire: that is when the trees killed will fall and it therefore makes sense to again clear the trails.
  • Pretty cool place. Definitely worth a stop for an afternoon. We stopped by on a road trip and can say you can definitely walk and explore all the rooms/ruins in under 2.5 hours. All the paths are paved/flat, so no real need for hiking boots or anything.