Tsankawi Ruins Trail

EASY 24 reviews

Tsankawi Ruins Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.7 miles 280 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Tsankawi Ruin, part of the Bandelier National Monument, is a 2.5 mile loop trail located near Los Alamos, New Mexico and is good for most skill level. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. There are some Kiva Ladders that must be climbed. Rocky trail mostly. Much of it over tuff (compressed volcanic ash). Tuff is very fragile, so please be careful to protect. There is Sandstone too and much of the lower loop is rocky. There are two Kiva Ladders on the trail. One about 10 feet and the other maybe 20 ft.

hiking
6 days ago

What a lovely hiking spot! Much nicer than the sites that charge $20 a person! Great panoramic views!! A beautiful spot!!

26 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

My hiking partner and I have hiked this beautiful trail three times in the last couple years, mostly for the quiet and the breath-taking views. We always take a picnic and plenty of water in the pack (sunscreen is a must regardless of the time of year). The trail is easy to follow, but there are a couple of steep ladders to climb to the top of the mesa where the ancestral people lived. It's much less travelled than the main Bandelier trails, and as Robert Frost wrote, that makes all the difference. Note that the trail is exceptional dusty and the volcanic ash surface is relatively crumbly, so hiking boots will serve you better than sneakers.

hiking
2 months ago

LOVE LOVE LOVED! this trail! We went late afternoon which highlighted the afternoon sun on the beautiful terrain and VIEWS! Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Had a great time and loved seeing all the pottery shards .

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We loved it. Great place to both take your time and speak it all in or zip through. Very repeatable.

hiking
2 months ago

There are some steep spots and ladders that make this challenging for an easy rating. My 70 year old mother had to turn back and sit it out. Easy should allow all ages. That being said it was amazing but take water and sunscreen. I rate this moderate on the climbs and easy on the flats.

2 months ago

My boyfriend and I found this trail using this awesome app. We were supposed to go to Bandelier National Monument but I could not get on a packed shuttle, claustrophobic, and the shuttle was the only way to get there.

Anyway, we found this trail and my boyfriend, Matt, said it was even better than Bandelier. It's not as crowded and the un excavated site really lends itself to many surprises. I'm not saying you should skip Bandelier but this trail was an absolute beauty.

hiking
6 months ago

Best short hike for a family to have fun and learn a little on the way. Our 4 year old daughter made it the whole way and loved the ladders.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This is a fun trail because of the unique nature of the trail itself and the evidence of life here in the canyon many years ago. When we visited in July there were not a lot of people here, but it was very warm. The trail has a parking lot, but if you do not know about it, you may miss it.

The trail has a trail guide which is well worth the purchase price that will tell you about the ruins and the cliff writings as you go. The trail is well marked and in many spots you can not help but follow it as the ruts are so deep that you have to stay in them. You can imagine how long these people were here to make these kinds of pathways up and down from the canyon floor.

The combination of ladders and tight squeezes make this a fun one for the kids, but be sure that you bring plenty of water along with you as what you bring is all you have.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

An overlooked trail in Bandelier NP. A lot of indian art. Ruins are just rubble, though their are some dugouts in the cliffs. It was fun to climb three ladders incorporated in the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice walk with interesting historical notes and some wonderful panoramic views. The pathway can get a bit narrow and tricky, but it was unique and fun to climb around through.

9 months ago

Nice and easy to follow the loop trail

9 months ago

Unique hike. Ladders and trails worn away in rock. Well maintained trail and beautiful area.

9 months ago

It was really great, we hiked and read book at the top of those caves while Enjoying the nature. Saw some really cool blue birds.Good times.

hiking
1 year ago

What a great trail. From the moment you climb the ladder you begin to feel how special this hike will be. It was fun to see so many beautiful pottery shards. Thanks to everyone for leaving them for future generations. The trail has some interesting "walking paths", possibly from years of natives heading to their pueblo. A few tight spots but a fun place to go. Very sunny with excellent views.

hiking
1 year ago

This is an incredibly fun trail for kids. They love the old pueblo style ladders and climbing on the sandstone.