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Best trails in Bandelier National Monument

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Looking for a great trail in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Bandelier National Monument ranging from 1.4 to 5.3 miles and from 6,049 to 8,946 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Map of trails in Bandelier National Monument
Park information
Acreage
33000 acres
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
(505) 672-3861 x 517
Top trails (14)
#1 - Main Ruin Loop Trail
Bandelier National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(145)
Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 43 m
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 sShow more
#2 - Cerro Grande Trail
Bandelier National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(71)
Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
The Cerro Grande Route winds its way up to the highest point in the park, Cerro Grande Peak (10,199 ft). The preferred route is marked by yellow diamonds and is 2.3 miles each way (4.6 round trip). ThShow more
#3 - Frey Trail
Bandelier National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(76)
Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
The trail begins at Juniper Campground and makes its way to the edge of the canyon where it switchbacks down to the canyon floor (>550' elevation change). The trail provides excellent bird's eye viewsShow more
#4 - Frijolito Trail
Bandelier National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(21)
Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Frijolito Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pena Blanca, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#5 - Burnt Mesa Trail
Bandelier National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(40)
Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Burnt Mesa Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Los Alamos, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#6 - Yapashi Pueblo and Stone Lions
Bandelier National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(12)
Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 6 h 32 m
Yapashi Pueblo and Stone Lions is a 11.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Los Alamos, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is prShow more
#7 - Burro Trail
Bandelier National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(5)
Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
Burro Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pena Blanca, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best Show more
#8 - Tyuonyi Overlook Trail
Bandelier National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(11)
Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 59 m
Tyuonyi Overlook Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primShow more
#9 - Ponderosa to Frijoles Canyon
Bandelier National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(11)
Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Ponderosa to Frijoles Canyon is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Los Alamos, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primaShow more
#10 - Alcove House Trail [CLOSED]
Bandelier National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(253)
Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Users have reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Alcove House, formerly known as Ceremonial Cave, is located 140 feet Show more
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