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Address: 15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508
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Bandelier National Monument is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on...

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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Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico

I had always wanted to visit the ancient cliff dwellings in the Southwest. This was our first visit to New Mexico, and our first chance to visit cliff dwellings. This visit was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had always wanted to visit the ancient cliff dwellings in the Southwest. This was our first visit to New Mexico, and our first chance to visit cliff dwellings. This visit was everything that I had hoped it would be. The dwellings were remarkably well preserved, and we were even able to climb up to a couple of them. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Bandelier not really knowing what to expect and were amazed by the Pueblo cliff dwellings and the fact that visitors are allowed to climb up into them. The scenery is amazing and there are big payoffs for short, relatively easy hikes. Definitely a must if you are visiting Santa Fe and have a car.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been visiting here for 44 years, our favorite place in New Mexico. Have not been here in over three years though, and today we walked most of the trail to the Alcove (previously called Ceremonial Cave, way up ladders) on a beautiful mid-December day (nearly 60 degrees!). We were absolutely amazed to see the astounding changes to the ~1... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Learn of the history of the Ancestral Puebloans (sometimes referred to as the Anasazi). Climb into the residential caves and learn how the people adapted to the climate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a bit of nature to step away from the shops in Santa Fe, Bandelier is only a scenic 1 hour drive away. The trails are well-maintained, with a mix of paved and dirt. The coolest part was being able to enter some of the dwellings and imagine yourself huddled next to a fire under a hand... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is another attraction close to Santa Fe. Ample parking bathrooms, a restaurant and large visitor center with a short video. Grab a map and take a walk. I really enjoy the ruins and imagining what life was like here long ago. It really is a pretty and picturesque spot. You can climb up into several of the cliff dwellings.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Arrived in late afternoon ( I'd recommend better in morning when light is on hillside). The walk to the cave dwellings is easy for anyone and they have two routes to get there. The whole place is very interesting. Leaving mule deer walked across my path.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a great adventure and it is laid out in a very easy to follow manner. The trails have marker posts that match up to guide book and it really helps to bring the ruins to life. Glad I went in November because it could be a bit grueling in mid summer. Come prepared with plenty of water! Great... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

By all means, visit the Visitor's Center area, which is lovely, but also check out some of the outlying areas, such as the Tsankawi trail and ruins and the 2.2 mile round trip Tyuonyi Overlook Trail with its overlook of Frijoles Canyon and Tyuonyi Pueblo.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This site has excellent interpretive exhibits (the video is very good) and easy access to several styles of pueblo architecture. A great place to visit.

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