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Bandelier National Monument

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Address: 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
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+1 505-672-3861 ext. 517
09:00 - 16:30
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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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Must be when in Los Alamos

This park is great for either a long or short stop. There are different hikes and dwellings to see. If you want come up there by your own car be sure be there before 9 am... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Reutlingen, Germany
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Reutlingen, Germany
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

This park is great for either a long or short stop. There are different hikes and dwellings to see. If you want come up there by your own car be sure be there before 9 am. Otherwise there is a shuttle running.

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

We camped in an RV in the park and with a Senior Pass it was well worth the $6 fee, We took the Frey trail down to the Visitors Center and the Main Loop to save time waiting for the shuttle. It's important to get there early in the day - the heat in the afternoon can be unbearable in... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

We got to the Park about 9 am. We learned that if you arrive at 9 or later you must take the shuttle to the Visitors Center. We were directed to park at the Amphitheater and after waiting about 10 minutes with no shuttle appearing, decided to hike the Frey Trail to the Main Loop and then walk to the... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

There is so much to see and to do. Us old fogy's made the basic trip in around 3 hours. Go early if visiting in summer. You ride the bus. Website at National Park Service covers a tremendous amount of information. We were able to secure the one time senior pass for $10, which then gives you free access to... More 

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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Looking to visit ancient sites in the US? This is certainly one of them since it's close to a 1000 years old. The interesting part is that their ancestors are not far off so you can actually meet with some of them and experience the modern day culture that has been passed down. The monument is well maintained and the... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

First stop should be the visitors center so you can see the trails. There is parking but they prefer you take their shuttle in the town of White Rock. If you get there before 8:30 you will find plenty of parking and not have to wait in town for the shuttle. There is water and bathrooms too. The trail is... More 

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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful American Indian ruins, we'll preserved. Vigorous hiking trails with marvelous views. Good guide pamphlet available. A river runs through it. Floods occur on occasion. Great visitors center. Shuttle bus in warmer weather is required with pick up in Los Alamos at Park headquarters.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

This part of Bandelier is very special . It is away from the crowds and bring Native American culture alive. It is a less travelled area making it a much more personal experience. Go on a week day early to miss the heat of the day and most people.

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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Bandelier may be one of my favorite places in New Mexico. It is amazingly beautiful and fascinating. I was not prepared for how breathtaking it would be. The history behind the cliff dwellings is very interesting as well. I loved the hike and that you can climb ladders into the caves. The basic loop does require climbing and my 68... More 

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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Great place to spent a day hiking in a beautyful canyon and discovering one of the oldest Native American sites in US ( for a shorter visit consider at least 3 hrs from parking). You need to park at the visitor center, from which you get a shuttle passing every 20 mins. There is a bar on the site where... More 

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