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!

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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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rocky
2 days ago

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7 days ago

Beautiful trail on a nice fall day. Disappointed that access to the lower fall is no longer available and probably never will be. Today most of the creek was dry as was the fall.

Wonderful hike along a historic area, beautiful scenery too. Not to busy in early October.

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10 days ago

Great trail with great views of Caldera and Los Alamos! Meadow was beautiful and hike was hard due to elevation as long as you are in decent/good shape

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21 days ago

My boyfriend and I did this trail kind of on a whim. There were a large amount of people hiking the Main Loop trail, many people unprepared to hike or small children, that we saw the beginning of Frey trail and took to it. IT WAS THE BEST DECISION! The views are amazing. There are some switchbacks going up but there are benches placed at overlooks to enjoy the view and catch your breath. the trail is great for anyone fit and looking to hike in silence!

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30 days ago

Incredible views and a wonderful piece of history. Great hike, a little more challenging then the easy rating, but absolutely worth it!

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1 month ago

Not really a hike but well worth the trip to see the caves! Really fascinating and fun to climb up into them. The visitor center has a little museum and a guide you can take with you to learn about what you’re seeing.

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no shade
1 month ago

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1 month ago

9/12/2019 there was no waterfall, but it was a short, easy, beautiful hike!

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rocky
1 month ago

Something different!

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1 month ago

Hot day so it didn’t feel very easy! This is your hike if you are in Bandelier. So beautiful. The rocks! The views! Favorite one in Bandelier.

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1 month ago

Mostly rough paved trail, great place to stretch your legs. Interesting Native American historic site

on Sawyer Mesa Trail

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over grown
1 month ago

Okay hike. There is quite a bit of blow down across the trail providing an extra element of exercise crossing them! Worse on the loop routes. There is also a lot of standing dead trees, use caution on windy days. Would be a really nice trail if it the blowdown and overgrowth was cleaned out.

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1 month ago

Nice short hike, especially with kids.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Views from the top section are amazing. Travels through a mix of trees and open grassy hilltops. Very green with a lot of wildflowers. Wildlife including deer, raptors and many other bird species.

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no shade
2 months ago

An amazing outdoor museum. Please be respectful and stick to the trail. Tuff is soft and prone to erosion. Pay the $25 entrance fee and make sure to get a $1 trail guide, too. Lots of interesting information in it. Toilets at trailhead, too.

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rocky
2 months ago

It's really a nice trail to the canyon. Gentle breeze. Good view. There is a creek down the canyon. It took us 40 mins to go down and 1 hour to be back.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Short hike to the amazing alcove house.

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2 months ago

Obviously the purpose of this hike is to see the cliff dwellings, not for the hike itself.

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2 months ago

Very nice walk around the ruins. I got there at 10 am and it wasn't that crowded. I hardly have any photos with other people in them, if that gives you an idea. It took about 2 hrs to walk around, view all the sites, including the alcove house (I might have the name of that wrong). That spot requires a bit of a steep and narrow climb with multiple steps and ladders.

What a beautiful space and the park rangers were all very friendly. Signs driving in state you CANNOT enter before 9am... ignore those, drive in on your own before 9 and you have it mainly to yourself. Did some lovely photos and really enjoyed the diversity.

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2 months ago

Great hike. Buy the trail guide. We didn’t and there are these markers with no plaques because...it’s all on the guide book. Still had fun climbing and viewing the dwellings..

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2 months ago

Fantastic time! My teenagers loved the climb to the Alcove. My stomach dropped when they looked down from the edge to wave.

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2 months ago

Best to do early in the summer to minimize crowds and heat. It was interesting to learn more about the history of Bandelier people and the small guidebook is worth picking up. More shaded than we originally thought it would be.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike close to the visitor center that was not as crowded as the main loop. We saw a mule deer along the trail and enjoyed experiencing the changing landscape along the hike. Falls still active though not too much water. Great views down the canyon still towards the river and worth the hike.

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rocky
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous views, and the trail head has restrooms and a $1 trail guide that I recommend purchasing. There is a $25 fee, but it is absolutely worth it and they accept cards! Definitely bring lots of water because it is dry and hot with only a few shaded places to cool off. Also wear long pants and closed-toe shoes if you can; the path is carved from porous rock and there are places with a lot of brush. Overall an awesome hike and would absolutely recommend it!

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3 months ago

nice and steep to get the heart going!

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