Explore the most popular trails in Bandelier Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
closed
off trail
private property
rocky
15 days ago

You can travel the trail if you access it and exit it from Santa Fe. However, the road is closed heading down into Cochiti, as the Pueblo doesn’t want the public entering from that direction any longer. So, you have to make a loop back out and cannot go through like you used to be able to. The views from the top of La Bajada are gorgeous and the loop trail around the hill is exciting. Just not as fun since you cannot enter or exit it through the south.

hiking
7 months ago

A bit difficult but worth it

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Some trails I Love. And some, well, let’s just say I’m glad I made! I went with my husband and a younger couple we like to hang out with. I’d like to say the age difference got to me, as well as the heat. I consider this a hard hike. And , not sure I would do this hike again, unless it was really cooler and we set up camp and ventured out from the camp site. I think there are many more hikes I need to do before this one again

hiking
Wed Jun 20 2018

Following severe fires and floods in the past decade, this hike is much more difficult than typically described. The trail down to the canyon is broad, well-defined, easy to follow, and not especially difficult. The trail in the canyon, however, is nonexistent. It has either been physically eroded away by the flooding, or is covered by debris left along the floodplains of the small creek. Getting up through the canyon to the outbound route involves scrambling over log jams and boulders, and picking through a lot of scrub. There is very little shade, as the fires decimated the stands of trees that used to be along the canyon floor (hence all the log jams). On the bright side, the creek seems to be perennial, so bring a filter and you'll have nice cool (if slightly funky tasting) water for the difficult section. The hike out of the canyon was a bit of a pain, as the lower switchbacks were eroded away, so you'll need to find your way to where the trail becomes well defined again higher up the slope. The last mile of the hike or so is a nice gentle grade up to the parking area. If you're interested in getting down into the canyon, there's an old guard station at the bottom right before the trail turns gnarly. Popping down to check that out and then heading back would be pretty easy. For reference, I'm in my early 20's, athletic build, and I'm a geologist so I'm used to lots of hiking in arid environments, and this trail still kicked my butt.

on La Bajada Trail

hiking
Thu May 31 2018

It was fun drive out, black car was completely tan colored upon arrival. Awesome view from the top. Drove back to I-25 then tried to visit the bottom from the Pueblo but access to the trail was fenced off.

hiking
Mon Mar 26 2018

Check out the National Park Service for more detailed information. https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/el_camino_real_de_tierra_adentro/La_Bajada_Mesa.html Absolutely breathtaking views from the Mesa but the trail/road going down has been fenced off and closed. You really need an suv with a decent clearance as the roads are very rough. I have a RAV4 and made it fine but was jostled around plenty. Do not go after rain or snow! It is worth the trip just to take in the amazing history coupled with the landscape. There is a point you can go left and maybe meet another trail or lower portion but I didn’t have time to try it. From nps.gov- Do not attempt to drive down the escarpment since the road is very rough and since the Pueblo of Cochiti land is half way down the slope. Permission is needed from the pueblo for any access to its lands in this area.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Apr 20 2017

Not completely closed, only the bottom section is that is on Indian land, the top sections are still open but you have to go thru Santa Fe to get there.

Sat Jan 07 2017

Drove all the way here and the trail is closed. Disappointing waste of time.

hiking
Sun Dec 11 2016

This looks like a lovely hike, but we drove to it and found ourselves on private roads that said "keep out". Off of 16 we turned towards "Tetilla Peak Recreation Area" but there was no actual road marking that it was Tetilla Rd. We can to a barrier on the road and had to go right, but it does seem to follow the map with the hard right. We found the dirt road in the directions (when you zoom in) but no trail. Any suggestions? Thanks

hiking
Mon Jan 25 2016

I don't know the history of this place but I could feel it. The trail is what I take to be a working ranch road. But you might get the feeling, like I did, that you're walking one Old Road. Maybe the original path up the ancient escarpment, La Bajada. Each hairpin and attendant straightaway offers surprising variations of consistently mind-blowing vistas of the Ortiz, Jemez, and Sandia ranges. Our youthful companions and a sudden drop in temperature, limited our approach to the top. A friendly, fellow hiker told us that you can make a loop of it by closing the northern and southern spurs by hiking along the mesa rim.

Neat area with lots of surprises. most just do the west side and up top. The east is better.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

mountain biking
Sat Sep 08 2018

hiking
Thu Mar 10 2016

hiking
Sun Jan 24 2016

running
Thu Mar 20 2014