Main Ruin Loop Trail

EASY 36 reviews

Main Ruin Loop Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
219 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

river

no dogs

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 summer's floods) through archeological sites. Most visitors spend between 45 minutes and one hour on this trail. Ladders along the trail allow visitors to climb into cavates (small human-carved alcoves). The Main Loop Trail takes you past the Big Kiva, Tyuonyi, Talus House, and Long House. Pick up a $1 trail guide at the Visitor Center to learn more about the sites along the trail through descriptions of 21 numbered stops. View this guide, for free, online.. The first section of this trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; however, the second part contains areas with numerous narrow stone stairways. In winter, this is the only trail on which the snow is removed.

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1 month ago

Great short informative hike highlighting the Pueblo life in the 1500's. Be sure and go to Alcove cave! It adds about 1mi to hike. You must climb several ladders to go into the cave….but very cool!

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Transforms you back in time when the natives inhabited the area.

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2 months ago

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

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5 months ago

Mesa Verde National Park may be the crown jewel of pueblos, but Bandelier provides a more intimate experience. I found myself behind two touring school groups, which made it frustrating to navigate the narrow paths and ladders to the pueblos. But, after hearing the kids' enthusiastic responses to the caves and listening to their imaginations go wild as they imagined their lives way-back-when made me feel like a kid again, too. Definitely a stop for those with children.

5 months ago

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6 months ago

This is a popular park, and it can be crowded. Be sure to hike all the way out to the farthest point on the main loop trail to climb the 140 feet of ladders to the ceremonial alcove cave. It is worth it. We were caught in a thunderstorm, but that only made the experience more fun. The history of the ancient Pueblo people is fascinating.

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7 months ago

Great & easy trail. We went before the park got busy, weather was perfect too.