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Tsankawi

State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Far less crowded alternative to Bandiler

This is a very cool site with caves, ladders, relics, and petroglyphs that is significantly less... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Taryn F
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A nice alternative to Bandalier

We have been to Bandalier and the Puye Cliffs many times so we were excited to learn about... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2017
Anne A
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State Highway 4, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, NM
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Reviewed July 4, 2017 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

2  Thank Taryn F
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Reviewed June 19, 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
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Reviewed June 16, 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

1  Thank Rudy F
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Reviewed May 31, 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

3  Thank eznelson
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Reviewed May 17, 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

1  Thank Bill T
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Reviewed May 4, 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!

1  Thank ACSforever
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Reviewed April 30, 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.

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Reviewed April 24, 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

2  Thank JR M
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

This short 1.5 mile hike is not meant for those with walking, balance or fear of heights. The trail in places is only as wide as your foot, worn into the rock from centuries of traffic and other places where the trail drops off steeply...More

1  Thank Trish-Larry
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

The road descends into Bandelier National Monument, winding around cliffs, showing up close sculpted landscape that could look like moon rock but it's actually compressed ash from a volcanic eruption over a million years ago.

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diaq
February 6, 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
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DoroH4
July 5, 2016|
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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!
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Kate E
December 28, 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.
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