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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Spend some time here if you can. This place is interesting in many ways. You will see cliff dwellings of the ancient Puebloan people, a beautiful canyon with desert plants and animals, and a partially... more »
We planned to visit on Easter Sunday and we were not disappointed. Arrived right at 9, although it appears the gates were open and we could have got in earlier. We didn’t pay for the parking until we ... more »
Bandelier National Monument is an excellent place to visit and get a feel for life lived hundreds of years ago. The Monument allows you to climb and walk among several cliff dwellings. Don't miss the 140 foot a cent to the alcove house nestled on the side of a sheer cliff. The views are breathtaking and worth the effort. Look closely at the forest edge as you walk along the river. We spotted mule deer and squirrels along the way. Great place to visit!
Took a trip here on a spare day in a trip to Santa Fe (Meow Wolf) for a quick outdoor adventure after visiting the plaza. The park is beautiful and a variety of interesting ruins are easily and quickly accessible from the main loop rail from the visitor center. We were able to go out and back with a small group with kids really easily. Grab a pamphlet and take the tour. It's one of the more worthwhile short visits if you don't have a lot of time in the area.
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