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Address: State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Undeveloped ruins, great morning hike

This area has undeveloped ruins on top of the mesa and there are quite a few caves where people lived 1400 years ago. There are also some very nice petroglyphs scattered around... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Los Alamos, New Mexico

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This area has undeveloped ruins on top of the mesa and there are quite a few caves where people lived 1400 years ago. There are also some very nice petroglyphs scattered around on some of the cliff faces. To hike the complete loop can take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours depending on how often and how long you stop... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we have visited nearby Bandelier Nationl Monument dozens of times for hiking and with visiting friends, we have not experienced this outlying area of the Nationl Monument close to White Rock. The site is relatively small: a one and a half mile loop trail will lead from the roadside parking area, past a simple interpretive entrance station, to the... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Tsankawi is a part of Bandelier, but is easily accessible from Hwy. 4 near the light at the Los Alamos Truck Route. Because it is part of the National Parks system, you will need to pay to access the site, or, if you visit National Parks often, purchase a National Parks Pass online. Tsankawi is a 1.5-mile loop up and... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Not that many people visit this sub-unit of Bandelier, but they should. It's got it all -- ruins and views. There's a short trail that takes you around the site, and the part through the ruins gives you a picture of what it would have been like to live there. Trail hangs close to the edge in places and there... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a great hike that is can be better than the main park depending on what you are looking for. It is located in a different location so make sure get directions. The hike itself is straightforward easy to follow but make sure to follow the signs and walk it counter clockwise. The views, petroglyphs, and sites are amazing.... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful hike with amazing vistas. Maybe going here first spoiled me, because the main park was not that interesting. I recommend this site over the main park.

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Boerne, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Loved the un crowded trails. Paths and steps worn though the solid rock were AMAZING! To walk in the exact steps of those before us was unreal. Paths lead to the top of a mesa with nice views. Cant wait to retrun and bring my boys.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is a great hike--quiet, not too long, lots to see. The views are amazing. You will see ancestral Puebloan pictographs, which was super exciting. This site is unexcavated, so you can see painted pottery shards all over the place where the main dwelling existed! You do have two ladders to climb during the hike, so not recommended for those... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We stopped here on our way into Bandelier. It was a tiny bit of a work out but my husband and I didn't find it difficult at all (we are fit 60 year olds). Opportunities to see many petroglyphs and cliff dwellings. We were alone most of the time too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

As U follow the path up to the ruins U notice how the relatively soft volcanic tuft has been worn down by 1000s of mocasins that went before and I realized the circular spireling indian petroglyphs were simply "Road Signs" warning of "Coiled" rattlesnakes in the area> remember everyone traveled by Walking in those days before horses. Then U come... More 

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