Bandelier National Monument is a must-see place when visiting this part of New Mexico! This unique area is filled with ancient ruins, cave dwellings, petroglyphs, and pictographs that are surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. The monument preserves the homes and territories of the ancestral Puebloans that have had a presence here for over 11,000 years! In these diverse and scenic surroundings, there are a wide array of ecological zones and wildlife habitats that range from the river ecosystem along the Rio Grande to the peak of Cerro Grande on the rim of the Valles Caldera. A visit to Bandelier National Monument is sure to be a highlight of your time spent in New Mexico!
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Explore Bandelier National Monument
Located 45 minutes southwest of Chimayo Bandelier National Monument is considered a gem of our national park system for its cultural and historical significance. Here history comes alive as you are able to climb ladders that lead to cave dwellings just as the Ancestral Puebloans did for thousands of years. The monument was designated in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson and was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Bandelier National Monument is meant to protect and preserve the important cliff dwellings and archeological sites that make up this special place. With a visit here you’ll gain a better understanding of what life was like for those who called this area home for thousands of years. Here are some fun ways to explore Bandelier National Monument.
- The 1.4-mile Main Loop Trail or Pueblo Loop Trail is a great way to introduce yourself to this incredible place. Here you’ll travel through archeological sites where ladders allow you to climb up into the human carved alcoves called cavates. This trail takes you past the areas of Big Kiva, Tyuonyi, and the Long House where you can see petroglyphs on the cliff walls. There are guided trips by a ranger where you can learn all about the flora, fauna, history, and culture of this amazing place.
- The Falls Trail is a 3-mile out and back trail that features waterfalls in the spring after the ice has melted. It is still a pleasant hike in the summer without the waterfalls as here there are fewer crowds and this is a haven for geology buffs. Rock formations called tent rocks can be seen from the trail as well as an area that was once the main channel for the Rio Grande.
- You’ll want to be sure to see the Tsankawi Section in Bandelier National Monument. This area is 12 miles from the main section of the monument but well worth the trip out to experience. Here you’ll walk a 1.5-mile trail along a mesa where gorgeous panoramic views can be seen. Visitors can view the Ancestral Puebloan village of Tsankawi, look for petroglyphs as well as cavates.
- There are many short trails to explore in Bandelier National Park that gets you out and seeing things but won’t take up an entire day. You can hike down to the floor of Frijoles Canyon along the Frey Trail. Halfway through the Main Loop Trail, you can spur off to Alcove House, where 25 Ancestral Puebloans lived. An excellent place to see summer wildflowers is the Burnt Mesa Trail.
- If you have a day to explore Bandelier National Monument you may want to consider going on a long hike. The Frijoles Canyon and Rim Trail is an 8 -mile one-way hike where you are sure to find quiet and peace away from the crowds. It is located above the canyon on the mesa with wide-open views. The beautiful Yapashi Pueblo hike is more strenuous as you’ll have to cross Alamo Canyon twice. This can either be a 12-mile out and back or a shorter 7-mile hike out to get a view than back.
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