Main Ruin Loop Trail

EASY 28 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
308 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.

hiking
14 days ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

3 months ago

walking
4 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.

4 months ago

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Easy and very informative trail, many ruins can be seen.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cool ruins and caves dwellings, but as a hike it wasn't much...

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Very nice trail with beautiful scenery and old ruins.

walking
Friday, March 18, 2016

Eight and five year olds loved climbing into the cavates and even listened as we read the self-guided tour pamphlet! Easy for them. One grandparent (who lives at sea levels and has asthma) had difficulty with the stairs by the cliff dwellings, but otherwise it was a pleasant morning outing. At 9:30 Thursday morning when we arrived the parking lot was half full; when we departed at 11:30 people were walking from overflow parking >1/2 mile down the road.

Sunday, March 06, 2016