hiking

no dogs

kid friendly

walking

views

wild flowers

birding

nature trips

Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities. Life in Bandelier The Ancestral Pueblo people lived here from approximately 1150 CE to 1550 CE. They built homes carved from the volcanic tuff and planted crops in mesatop fields. Corn, beans, and squash were central to their diet, supplemented by native plants and meat from deer, rabbit, and squirrel. Domesticated turkeys were used for both their feathers and meat while dogs assisted in hunting and provided companionship. Moving On By 1550, the Ancestral Pueblo people had moved from this area to pueblos along the Rio Grande. After over 400 years the land here could no longer support the people and a severe drought added to what were already becoming difficult times. Oral traditions tell us where the people went and who their descendents are. The people of Cochiti Pueblo, located just south and east along the Rio Grande, are the most direct descendents of the Ancestral Pueblo people who built homes in Frijoles Canyon. Likewise, San Ildefonso is most closely linked to Tsankawi.

hiking
22 hours ago

nice trail........shaded areas........gift shop , snack bar, restrooms, go in the evening and beat the crowds, around say 3ish......And you don't have to take the shuttle. .....You can drive your own car!

hiking
10 days ago

Early morning hike -- not crowded, even on a Sunday.

hiking
22 days ago

In a word, sublime. Well worth all the switchbacking. Could not locate mid Alamo Canyon trail. Likely closed. Frijolito ruins give some idea of how Bandelier must have appeared before excavation. A wonderful morning walk.

hiking
1 month ago

The climb up was a little fierce. Once we got to the top the walk was pleasant and the views wonderful. The gradual decline was breathtaking and a little bit frightening. But worth it none the less.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice leisurely hike to the upper falls viewing point. Disappointed the remaining portion of he trail is closed.

walking
1 month ago

Nice trial, good walk, rock stairs

on Frey Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent views and a variety of level skills. Part of the trail is flat, but as it descends in the canyon in hairpin turns there are some 1-2.5 ft drops. I was glad to have my Leki walking stick to support as i stepped down. (I have short legs). Loved seeing the Bandolier sights from above. I do not recommend going up the trail unless you are "fit".

great views of the mesas!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! You can see the Valle Grande once on top of the mountain. Towards the top my girlfriend and I saw elk.