Traveled through Santa Fe last Thanksgiving week on the way to Colorado. Stayed 2 nights and drove up one afternoon to Bandelier. What a wonderful place! Visitors should be in fairly good shape , as the walk from the visitor's center to the ruins is a hike. Visitors can climb up to the cliff dwellings carved into the rock...no stairs mind you...you have to climb ladders to reach them AFTER you use the stairs that take you to the face of the cliffs. We climbed to the highest point and were rewarded with an eagle's eye view of the layout of the village that had been there for hundreds of years. This is a National Park that is well maintained and offers on-site park rangers, maps, restroom facilities and great spots to take a picnic. Take plenty of water, sunscreen and a good camera...well worth your time.
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