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Address: State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Much better than the main site

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.

Reviewed 25 November 2016
Laurie D
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 25 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
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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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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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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Thank jads8627
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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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Clinton, Mississippi
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

The landscape is gorgeous here but there are several ladders to climb on this exciting trail. Also there is a bit of rock scrambling so be sure you can handle these things before going. There are beautiful views from the trail and it is very exciting to go along the rock edges. Allow a full 2 hours or more to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

I'm not generally a hiker, but I really wanted to see some cliff dwellings while we were in the Santa Fe area. We spent about two hours doing this loop. There are a couple of ladders that you have to navigate along the trail, and some of the pathways are dug into the rock and very narrow. But the views... More 

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This is a relatively unknown site that has terrific petroglyphs, wonderful views, small caves and a couple of intimidating obstacles to novice hikers. Depending on which trail you choose you may need to ascend and descend ladders with long throws(my quads still hurt) and walk long stretches in concrete trenches only as wide as your single foot. We took longer... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

The scenery here is amazing! You get a chance to see pertroglyphs / the amazing landscape of New Mexico and ancient Native American dwellings. Once you get to the top of the mesa keep an eye out for red ants but more importantly shards of ancient pottery. It's a don't miss stop while in this part of the country

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Thank Alice C
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Loved our late afternoon hike here. The setting sun made gorgeous colors on amazing vistas! Bonus of LOTS of history on self guided map highlighting Petroglyphs, Ruins and Cliff Dwelling. It was the highlight of our trip

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