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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Challenging hike for novice- great views

This is a relatively unknown site that has terrific petroglyphs, wonderful views, small caves and a... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2016
Margaret M
Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Beautiful and Easy Hike

The scenery here is amazing! You get a chance to see pertroglyphs / the amazing landscape of New... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2016
Alice C
Alexandria, Virginia
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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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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...More

Thank Margaret M
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...More

Thank Alice C
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

Thank Diane C
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a separate part of Badelier national Monument and can be accessed near the junction og Highway 4 and East Jemez Road. There is a 1.5 mile loop track which is self-guided and provided an array of beautiful cliffs, unexcavated ruins and caves.

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

If you want a short hike to see ancient Indian ruins & caves, this is it. Just a fun, easy walk with a couple of ladder climbs and amazing views of the canyons surrounding this lovely area.

Thank TropicSplendor
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We loved our hike at Tsankawi! The views are awesome of distant mountains, rock formations, cave dwellings and drawings on cave walls! There are two ladders on each end that bring you to Mesa trails which have wild flowers , cactus and pottery shreds! It...More

1  Thank WhiteMtnskier
Reviewed 7 September 2016

My family always loves going for a hike at Tsankawi. I love the ladders, views and of course the lizards.

Thank kselvage
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We had no idea what to expect from this site. A little put off that the park service wanted $20 (per car load) but we went in. What a hike! You walk in paths in the soft rocks that were created by the people living...More

1  Thank timiniowa
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Living in New Mexico, as I did for 5 years, you get to do something different every weekend if you want. This site I returned to frequently, wanting to show out of town guests etc. Not too difficult, safe with a bit of common sense,...More

1  Thank MJ3000
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Tsankawi is a detached unit of Bandelier about 15 miles east. It has a nice trail going up to the top of a mesa with ladders for the steepest part. At a leisurely pace (read: with people of various ages) the trail takes about 1...More

Thank John F
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Would my 5 year old be able to do this trail? He's done lots of hiking in Appalachian Mountains.
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
Hello, I am going to Bandelier on Thursday. Online it said you can drive in if you arrive before 9 AM. I want to be there at 7 to avoid the crowd. We will park at the visitor center and then hike from there. How do you get to Tsankawi from Frijoles Canyon? Thank you. I am looking forward to see this beautiful place. Any other advice for me? Thanks.
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
Wondering ifit is safe to do this walk now in the snow?
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.