Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos

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At Bandelier National Monument the dwellings and territory of the Ancestral Pueblo people are preserved along the Rio Grande River. At elevations between 1,500 m (5,000 ft) and 3,000 m (10,000 ft), the park has over 110 km (70 mi) of hiking trails, abundant wildlife, forests, and caves. See the remains of the houses, pottery, and the tools that the locals used. Learn about their community structure, farming practices, and trading techniques. Many trails interconnect villages of the area, as Pueblo people liked to trade, hold ceremonies, and socialize. Learn about their history and culture at the visitor center. To find out how to plan a trip to Los Alamos, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • High elevation federal protected site up by Los Alamos. Includes pueblo ruins as well as many miles of trail. During the busy season, the main section of the park is accessed by bus shuttle from... 
    High elevation federal protected site up by Los Alamos. Includes pueblo ruins as well as many miles of trail. During the busy season, the main section of the park is accessed by bus shuttle from...  more »
  • The Tsankawi Ruins Trail is a short hike, no more than about 2 miles, but a fun one with beautiful views, small caves where the Ancient Ones lived, and petroglyphs to see. Look up the hike on the... 
    The Tsankawi Ruins Trail is a short hike, no more than about 2 miles, but a fun one with beautiful views, small caves where the Ancient Ones lived, and petroglyphs to see. Look up the hike on the...  more »
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  • An amazing place. We took a chance on stopping by on our way home from Colorado. Turned out to be a wise choice. Both Visitor Centers were interesting and the volunteers extremely helpful. The short bus ride was nice, got to pay attention to the scenery not the driving. The canyon views are beautiful. The village and cliff dwellings are viewed by a short hike and the additional hike to The Alcove House is worth it. The plant and wildlife are abundant. I hope they give this national treasure National Park status soon, consider it is one of the older monuments. BTW...the Park Cafe have excellent bison and elk burgers, excellent fare for after the hike.
  • This was a last minute add on destination early one afternoon and am happy we decided to visit. This is a National Monument so there is a fee at the gate. The cliff side dwellings for the indigenous people who lived here were fascinating and you can actually climb ladders into the higher dwellings in the side of a sheer cliff. The walk was mostly in shade and a stream runs along portions of the trail. There were restrooms near the visitors center. Will add some photos when I get home.

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