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Bandelier National Monument

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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
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Bandelier National Monument from Santa Fe
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Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on the slopes of the Jemez Volcanic field in the Jemez Mountains. Over 70% of the Monument is Wilderness, with over 1 mile elevation change, from about 5000' along the Rio Grande to over 10,000' at the rim of the Valles Caldera, providing for a wide range of life zones and wildlife habitat. There are only 3 miles of road, but over 70 miles of hiking trails. The Monument, founded in 1916, protects Ancestral Pueblo archeological sites, a beautiful landscape, and the country's largest Civilian Conservation Corps National Landmark District.
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Bandelier is Amazing. About a 45 minute drive north of Santa Fe, you stop at the visitors center and take a 30-minute park bus ride into the actual monument area. Once at the monument, you will be met by a Ranger and offered a wonderful...More

Thank RickyD23
Reviewed 1 week ago

This park was so diverse in its offerings between history and nature. The whole suggested walking tour was more than worth it. Alcove House was an amazing hike and climb. I really recommend doing as much at the park as possible. I loved the tiny...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove in with our rental car from Santa Fe @ 9am. Cost was $20 per car. Look out for deer on the ride there. Stopped by visitor center to pick up info booklet for free. Trails were easily marked and accesible. At times, they...More

Thank belHouston
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can take a bus, but why would you when you can walk along the well kept trails beside antique Anasazi ruins and relics? Having said that, some of the trails are suitable for handicap access, so don't let that stop you from coming and...More

1  Thank Lisa437
Reviewed 1 week ago

you need to leave your car in visitor center and get to this place by park bus. then its a nice and not so long walk

Thank jplaneta
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s definitely worth the visit. So if your thinking Yosemite or some major park like that your going to be disappointed. If your thinking more like Muir Woods or something smaller then your totally gonna be amazed. I really enjoyed this park especially because it’s...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the visitors center, then walked the loop for the cave dwellings. It was a beautiful day for this. The trail was not too difficult with built in steps to help going up to the higher points. We used the ladders to go into...More

1  Thank ada11s
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bandelier National Monument was a truly fantastic experience. It offers many hikes, walks next to old ruins of Native American villages, the opportunity to go up ladders into small cave areas, tons of wildlife, and an opportunity at the end of the main trail to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bandelier is a small park, so the NPS requires that you enter by shuttle during the busiest parts of the day in the busiest parts of the season. However, after 3 pm, you can drive into the park. That's what we did. That didn't give...More

1  Thank MagNEATO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

▪️Highlights for us: Cultural history, Long House, ladder access and the Main Loop trail. ▪️Parking: Easy during our November weekday visit. Challenging at times. ▪️Staffing: Professional, if somewhat perfunctory. ▪️Introductory and background film: Helpful and about 15 minutes long. ▪️Recommend? Yes

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Mary Ellen F
8 December 2017|
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Response from Bruce S | Reviewed this property |
Meryl Streep, along with Dr. Dave Warren
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6 August 2017|
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Response from LMarshUK | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have any problem with using the shuttle service, waiting less than 5 minutes at both ends. As someone else noted, it enabled us to look at the view rather than the road. The best reason for arriving before 9 am is... More
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Agreeklover
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
Extremely scenic on the way to the Park. The Park itself has to be seen from walking trails.
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