Main Ruin Loop Trail

EASY 14 reviews

Main Ruin Loop Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

1.5 miles 207 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

river

no dogs

Bandelier National Monument - Ancestral Pueblo Indian Cliff Dwellings The Main Loop Trail is a 1.2 mile loop trail (thanks to log crossings put in by our trail crew to replace bridges lost in last summer's floods) through archeological sites. Most visitors spend between 45 minutes and one hour on this trail. Ladders along the trail allow visitors to climb into cavates (small human-carved alcoves). The Main Loop Trail takes you past the Big Kiva, Tyuonyi, Talus House, and Long House. Pick up a $1 trail guide at the Visitor Center to learn more about the sites along the trail through descriptions of 21 numbered stops. View this guide, for free, online.. The first section of this trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; however, the second part contains areas with numerous narrow stone stairways. In winter, this is the only trail on which the snow is removed.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and very informative trail, many ruins can be seen.

4 months ago

Cool ruins and caves dwellings, but as a hike it wasn't much...

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Very nice trail with beautiful scenery and old ruins.

walking
8 months ago

Eight and five year olds loved climbing into the cavates and even listened as we read the self-guided tour pamphlet! Easy for them. One grandparent (who lives at sea levels and has asthma) had difficulty with the stairs by the cliff dwellings, but otherwise it was a pleasant morning outing. At 9:30 Thursday morning when we arrived the parking lot was half full; when we departed at 11:30 people were walking from overflow parking >1/2 mile down the road.

9 months ago

hiking
2 years ago

Bandelier is great! The Main Loop Trail is very easy but has terrific views. Although I don't have kids I'd say it is definitely easy enough for families.

hiking
2 years ago

Great historic hike. Path well maintained. Easy for kids.

hiking
2 years ago

Great hike for kids. Very educational. There are lots of steps and ladders which my kids enjoyed a lot, but it's not so long that they're overwhelmed.

hiking
2 years ago

Very easy trail with spectacular views, of forest, cliff dwellings, Rio Grande River and a peak into the Anasazi era! It requires climbing ladders, so wear proper shoes!

hiking
3 years ago

Easy trail with great views of the pueblos and cliff dwellings. There are some ladders you can use to climb into the caves as well as petroglyphs and pictographs.

hiking
3 years ago

Very unique trail and the education you receive on the Ancient Pueblo People. You get to check out Kivas and Petroglyphs all throughout. There are some ladders to climb and narrow passages that may not be for the faint of heart really young or old. My first trip to the park we encountered a bear on the path eating apples from the near by apple tree and that was quit a treat! Pun intended !

hiking
4 years ago

Awesome! Great history lesson as well. This place is unbelievable!

hiking
4 years ago

the caves and old structures are awesome. tons of people but well worth it. the loop is about 1.5 miles round trip and is mostly paved.