Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, Los Alamos

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  • I have been coming to this hidden gem for forty years and it continues to fascinate me with its ancient trails cut into the stone by those who lived here until 1400. It has everything...ladders, unexc...  more »
  • My husband did this hike first and then headed to Bandelier. Come while it is cool and you'll definitely feel like you are walking back in time. The ruins are amazing, and the deep paths in the rock t...  more »
  • Tsankawi is one of the easiest ancient sites to reach and most interesting place that we take visitors of all ages. Walk in the steps of ancient peoples, look for, but don't take, pieces of their pott...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Pretty awesome to see how and where these people in New Mexico lived hundreds of years ago. A good hike for all age groups. I'm forty and my youngest was 2. Even the two year old was able to climb up the ladders to the caves
  • 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!
  • 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.

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