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Things to do at Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument in Northern New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument in Northern New MexicoNew Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument, located about 45 minutes southwest of our Bed and Breakfast, is a special place to visit. The monument is considered to be a sacred ground that preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of the area.

One of the best parts about staying at our Bed and Breakfast in northern New Mexico is having easy access to extraordinary places like Bandelier National Monument, Tent Rocks National Park, and of course the wonderful towns of Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque.  We’re centrally located to it all, and offer you the perfect respite from the stress of day-to-day life.  Book your room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today!

A Day at Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument encompasses more than 30,000 acres of stunning canyons and desert mesas. As you walk through these sacred grounds, you’ll see evidence of human existence that dates back more than 11,000 years, which includes Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and the standing masonry walls of former communities.

The land of Bandelier National Monument was once home to the Ancestral Pueblo People, who lived in the area from approximately 1150 CE to 1550. Eventually, those that called this land home moved onto new pueblos in the Rio Grande Valley.  Today, the people of Cochiti Pueblo are considered to be the most direct descendants.

Bandelier National Monument in Northern New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument is currently open to the public, though at limited capacity to facilitate social distancing.  There are plenty of things to do at Bandelier National Monument, including the following:

  1. Hike along the short 1.2 mile Main Loop Trail. It starts at the Visitor Center and makes its way through various excavated archeological sites on the floor of Frijoles Canyon.
  2. Hike 3 miles along Falls Trail, which leads to the beautiful Upper Falls.  There are a number of offshoot trails from here, too, which lead up the top of the mesas.
  3. Hike the Frijoles Canyon Trail, which passes by the Ancestral Pueblo “Long House” dwelling. The trip through the canyon is breathtakingly beautiful.
  4. Make sure you spend some time at the Tsankawi Section* of Bandelier National Monument, which is approximately 12 miles from the main portion of the park. As you take the 1.5-mile walk along the mesa here, you’ll have the opportunity to see cavates, petroglyphs, and the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tsankawi. Keep in mind you will have to climb ladders during this portion of your day.
  5. Enjoy the incredible wildlife in the area.  There are a variety of snakes, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife that call this area home.
  6. In the hot weather of the summer, hiking to higher elevations such as Cerro Grande provides a welcome respite from the heat.
  7. Enjoy the incredible wildflowers blooming in the park this summer.

*The Tsankawi Section of Bandelier National Monument is currently closed.  Check for reopening information before you travel.

Bandelier National Monument in Northern New Mexico

Where to Stay in Northern New Mexico

Casa Escondida Bed and Breakfast is a welcome retreat, located in the town of Chimayo, and situated between the towns of Taos and Sante Fe.  We offer you 6 secluded acres of New Mexico’s natural paradise, with views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains and incomparable rustic charm.

In total, we offer 9 distinct guest rooms, 5 of which are pet-friendly. The true heart of New Mexico is integral to your experience at our Bed and Breakfast and is far from what you’d experience at a traditional hotel.

Warm and welcoming hospitality, and hot and delicious breakfast each morning of your stay, comfortable accommodations, and plenty of amenities; that’s just a taste of what you can expect when you stay with us at Casa Escondida.  Book your room at our New Mexico Bed and Breakfast today!