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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Off the beaten path

My husband did this hike first and then headed to Bandelier. Come while it is cool and you'll... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
20 Mins From Santa Fe - Walk The Steps of Ancient Peoples

Tsankawi is one of the easiest ancient sites to reach and most interesting place that we take... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 testifies to the usage of the dwellings...More

Thank SueBirk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 pottery. Spy the petroglyphs, crawl in to the homesites/caves....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very cool site with caves, ladders, relics, and petroglyphs that is significantly less crowded than bandiler and is easy to do with kids (our outdoors 3yo walked almost the entire loop and LOVED the ladders). Having less crowds made us feel more...More

Thank Taryn F
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We have been to Bandalier and the Puye Cliffs many times so we were excited to learn about Tsankawi, which is part of Bandalier but is not a part of the main section of the park. It was a fabulous alternative to the busy Bandalier....More

2  Thank Anne A
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The Tsankawi hike is short and seeing the way Native Americans lived here in a cave based community around 1600 while at the same time the Spanish were settling Santa Fe is amazing. Great views of surrounding mountains with minimal effort. Note: I would be...More

Thank Rudy F
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Many of the guide books mention Tsankawi as a nice easy "warm up" hike or something to do when Bandelier is just too crowded. It's much more than that and, in my opinion, it's really not as easy as advertised. but well worth the effort....More

Thank eznelson
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We took this hike after leaving Bandolier. Look for the parking area after the turn off to Los Alamos going toward Santa Fe. There was quite a bit of scrambling over rocks and you have to climb up (and down) 3 ladders, but if you...More

Thank Bill T
Reviewed 4 May 2017

A nice walk in Bandelier tuff (explosive eruption deposit of the Walles caldera) with preserved prehistoric habitations of Native Americans. You will see many original petroglyfs, as well as you can find relics of ancient tools made of rocks. Do not pick up, just watch!

Thank ACSforever
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the snow covered experience, imagining the ancient people and their culture. Very well worth the adventure finding the trail in the snow. This was a great introduction to the larger cliff dwellings at Bandelier NM near the visitor center.

Thank Carmia C
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

This nice site is right off the road on the way to the main part of Bandolier National Monument. It is worth a stop. The petroglyphs are excellent. They're both from the time that the Tewa speaking Indians were here, as well as further petroglyphs...More

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6 February 2017|
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Response from 100QA | Reviewed this property |
There are a few drops so you would need to hold hands and there is one short ladder but i suspect your 5 year old could hold on to you when you use it. Otherwise it is easy. Fyi parking is overpriced if i recall correctly... More
5 July 2016|
Response from Jude2630 |
The only info I can share is that we got there at 8 AM on a Sunday and there was no crowd which was really nice. By the time we were leaving around 9:30 people started arriving so early is good!
Kate E
28 December 2015|
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Response from Teresa R | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous answer. Too much slick rock and unprotected ledges.