Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, Los Alamos

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  • Offers an entry-pass purchase option for the Bandolier National Park which you are entering and bathrooms - make sure you use them before beginning your hike! A mid-range hike which requires climbing ...  more »
  • We planned to spend the day at Bandelier on a nice Saturday in January - but the main park was closed due to Fed shutdown. We went to Tsankawi, on Trip Advisor recommendation and found a wonderful 2 h...  more »
  • Parts of this ancient trail are pretty strenuous but anyone with modest physical prowess can do it. As others have noted, it is not a site overwhelmed with tourists, allowing visitors to get an idea o...  more »
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  • This is a must do if you are visiting New Mexico! Easy hikes on clearly marked trails. The history of this place is amazing! Well preserved and so worth your time to visit! Nominal fee to visit. Plan 3 to 4 hours at the minimum. Bring water and snacks! The ladder climbs are very easy and views are absolutely spectacular!!
  • A great stop to see the beauty and natural history of New Mexico. Awesome views from high mountain lookouts. The beauty of the area is breathtaking. If you are lucky you may get to see some New Mexican wildlife! My family and I saw five does and a massive buck crossing the road just beyond the entrance to the park! You can actually climb into some of the dwellings and explore. There are sturdy ladders that are secured to the cliffs for you to climb. I would recommend giving yourself 6+ hours to visit as there is much to see! There are many trails to hike, but the most popular is the main loop trail. It gives you the tour of many of the dwellings as well as a chance to explore one of the largest "tuff" formations. The park is situated next to the caldera of a dormant volcano! This is a do not miss attraction. If you have kids with you when you stop in the visitors center ask about the junior ranger program. It is a great way to keep them engaged and who knows, the might even learn a little something about the importance of conservation and protecting our lands for future generations!
  • Beautiful, well-kept monument with so much history. Plenty of parking, picnic areas, and clean restrooms. We did the main trail plus the Alcove, which is a short side trail leading to several vertical ladders that you can climb to one of the larger ceremonial caves -- also a great place for panoramic views of the valley and facing cliffs. Other, longer hikes are possible, but we spent about 2.5 hours enjoying the main trails and even ran into a small group of mule deer. The folks at the information center up front will provide you with a map to borrow (or you can purchase one for $2). There is also a small museum within the visitors center. The mountain drive to and from Bandalier is just icing on the cake.
  • We really loved this national monument. Great place for our kids to explore. We got some great family photos near the Native American Indian ruins. We took the whole family up to see the highest ruins. Also, nobody died.
  • Very cool place to visit if you are in the area. It is interesting to see the actual locations that many native Americans lived in years ago. The cliff dwelling up the ladders is exciting to see but not for the faint of heart. Would recommend to anyone even though it is out of the way

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