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Bandelier National Monument

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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on the slopes of the Jemez Volcanic field in the Jemez Mountains. Over 70% of the Monument is Wilderness, with over 1 mile elevation change, from about 5000' along the Rio Grande to over 10,000' at the rim of the Valles Caldera, providing for a wide range of life zones and wildlife habitat. There are only 3 miles of road, but over 70 miles of hiking trails. The Monument, founded in 1916, protects Ancestral Pueblo archeological sites, a beautiful landscape, and the country's largest Civilian Conservation Corps National Landmark District.
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband & I really enjoyed our 3 1/2 hours of hiking in this National Park area & having the opportunity to view & actually climb into some of the ancient cave dwellings. It was an awesome experience & we'd both highly recommend it. We...More

1  Thank Anne B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited Bandalier earlier this week, and after reading the most helpful reviews here, decided to set off from Santa Fe early, and we arrived at the Visitor Centre at 8.30 am. We knew that the shuttle from White Rock must be...More

3  Thank Derbylady_8
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful monument with massive structures and caverns, but our particular guide ruined it b/c she never stopped blabbering about her own personal scientific interests. There really is not that much to see time-wise. It is recommended to stay on the trail with...More

Thank WashCaps
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great national park! It's about a 30-45 minute drive from Santa Fe. Great place for a walk or hike. The Park has a lot of Indian dwellings and cliff dwellings. Very historic and beautiful! The trail was easily navigated except one section that...More

1  Thank TxBrian
Reviewed 1 week ago

We finally made it to Bandelier over the weekend and I loved it so much that I went back today. It is an absolutely stunning place to walk and wander. The ruins are amazing there is an easy to follow path (which you have to...More

Thank Shayob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I decided to visit Bandelier on the National Parks Service's birthday this year, which is the day before mine! Entrance is free on this day and because I got there late afternoon it wasn't very busy, though I doubt that is normally the case. This...More

1  Thank LeighK35
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Bandelier on a day trip from Santa Fe. Pretty easy ride to get there and back. Starting in May you need to park at the visitors' center in White Rock and take a shuttle to Bandelier. Easy enough. Only one issue the bus...More

1  Thank Travelbug0517
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an incredible national monument! Be sure to grab a loaner copy of the guide as you do the main loop so you can learn about the Ancestral Pueblo people who lived here. This is a sacred and special place to be treated with reverence...More

Thank forzaazzuri06
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first up-close visit to ancient culture of the area. The visitors center gave a good overview of the native people of northern New Mexico. The highlights were walking around the site, talking to some young men who were preserving the walls using...More

Thank Bily_Bob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bandelier was a very interesting place to see cliff dwellings and kivas. During the summer months you need to park at the visitor center and take the free shuttle to the park entrance which is a little over half and hour away. Beautiful scenery along...More

1  Thank Linda P
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6 August 2017|
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Response from LMarshUK | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have any problem with using the shuttle service, waiting less than 5 minutes at both ends. As someone else noted, it enabled us to look at the view rather than the road. The best reason for arriving before 9 am is... More
17 May 2017|
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
Extremely scenic on the way to the Park. The Park itself has to be seen from walking trails.
11 March 2017|
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Response from Joanie B | Property representative |
All inter-agency, America the Beautiful passes are accepted at Bandelier National Monument.