It is part of Bandelier, but not excavated. A little more hiking and scrambling required. Excellent pictographs/petroglyphs.
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This place is a hidden gem. What a great experience. Stopped by Tsankawi before heading to Bandelier and was happily surprised by the area. A lot less crowded and restricted. The trails were a bit more difficult to navigate through, but was part of what made it so great. Kids wanted to hike the loop multiple times.
My wife and I hiked through Tsankawi on our recent trip to northern New Mexico. This isolated bit of Bandelier National Monument is an un-excavated pueblo ruin situated on a finger of a butte with great views of the rio grande valley. The trail winds for a mile and a half, part of the way through the middle of the... More
This small portion of Bandelier National Monument is a real jewel that is detached from the main park area. We explored this area by following the 1.5 mile loop trail. We enjoyed the trail immensely, feeling that it had many features that we have not experienced in other areas. The sheer number of dwellings, and the large area covered in... More
Although I thoroughly enjoyed my guided tour at the Puye Cliff Dwellings and my hike at Bandelier, hiking along the loop trail at Tsankawi proved most compelling archaeologically. These are unexcavated ruins and, as such, force the explorer to discern cliff dwelling from air holes and to climb unguided to the mesa level. But the climb -- two well-placed ladders... More
Tsankawi is not for the faint-of-heart but what stunning views greet you at the top of your climb. Make sure to wear your sturdiest hiking boots and bring plenty of water. It's the best place to experience what it might have been like to live during the ancestral pueblo times. It is beautifully silent at the top and if you... More
I was in Santa Fe over the Mother's Day weekend and learned of this site...I am so very glad that I did! The hike is an easy one, although there is some climbing involved over some constructed ladders to gain access to the whole trail. The trail follows ancient paths of the people indigenous to the area and there are... More
Tsankawi Mountain is part of the Bandelier National Monument, but is a number of miles away on New Mexico state highway 4. Technically, you are supposed to purchase a day pass at Bandelier, but I suppose one could hike without paying the $12 since it is easy access from the road. Before attempting to hike at Tsankawi, be advised that... More
THis is a really nice hike with beautiful views. However, plan ahead! It requires a day pass and they don't sell them at the site. The hike is really nice with great views of the cliffs.
For shorter hikes, this is the place to go! Summer can be very hot if you don't go early in the morning. Spring and fall are the better options.
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