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Tsankawi Ruins Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 236 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Cave

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Closed

No dogs

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Note: Users have reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Rocky trail mostly. Much of it over tuff (compressed volcanic ash). Tuff is very fragile, so please be careful to protect. There is Sandstone too and much of the lower loop is rocky. There are two Kiva Ladders on the trail. One about 10 feet and the other maybe 20 ft.

Small gravel lot. Porta Johns

Visitor Center daytime phone (505) 672-3861 x 517 Visitor Information (recorded) (505) 672-0343 Group reservations (505) 672-3861 x 534

See map link below... On the East side of the road before you get to White Rock on Hwy 4. http://www.nps.gov/pwr/customcf/apps/maps/showmap.cfm?alphacode=band&parkname=Bandelier%20National%20Monument

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Tabitha H
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HikingClosed

Trail is closed - marked closed due to Covid19

Stewart Carnes
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Hiking

Amazing site. Incredible history that you walk through.

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Jon Jacobson
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HikingRocky

great hike with great views

Rooster Jordan
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Hiking

Nice easy trail just away from the highway. Plenty of vistas and archaeological sites. Enjoyable.

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Luis Jimenez
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Hiking

amazing trail and easy trail. Buy the guide to learn more !

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Shilo Cavalcanti
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HikingIcy

we did this the day after a snowfall. it was icy in some spots but the trail is carved out of rock in most places and it sort of holds you in. wonderful view of the sangre de Cristo and jemez mountain ranges. great little piece of history.

Nicole M.
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Erin Pribyl
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Hiking

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

Hudson Elliott
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HikingRocky

Something different!

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Chrissy O'Neill
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HikingNo shade

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.

Julius Leiman-Carbia
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Samantha Gilchriest
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HikingRocky

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!

Jesse Thompson
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Micah Hebert
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Hiking

Bandellier is utterly awe filling. This trail is like NO trail. The trail is literally carved out of rock. There is some shade, petroglyphs, ladders, and caves

Adam Brasich
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Hiking

Great, easy trail with beautiful views of the mountains. The unexcavated ruins there are spectacular. Be sure to pick up of one the guidebooks to enhance your understanding of the ruins and history.

Dana Standifer
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Kimberly K.
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Highly recommend these ruins. The trail is unique and interesting. Pottery can be found on the top of the mesa if you look. Walk is fairly easy with a couple of ladders. I love these historical places! There is a fee, $25 I think it was. There's a kiosk that accepts cards.

David Jones
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Hiking

Great views for such a simple hike. Definitely recommend stopping by, walking through ancient history is just mesmerizing to me. Be sure to have a seat and enjoy the view.

Ryan Bottoms
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Hiking

Easy walk with some interesting ruins

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Melody Maples
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Enjoyable hike with ladders and a quick ascent.

Kathy Phillips
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Hiking

Fun and interesting for both kids and adults! A great walk!

Sheena Chakeres
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Hiking

Great, interesting hike, especially for kids. You are literally walking or through history.

Morgan Ford
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Stephanie Copeland
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Hiking

Fairly easy. Interesting ruins.

Mike Litzenberger
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Hiking

Great walk. Easy. Grab a park map on the way in. The trail is pretty well marked but even if you go off it, you can explore and its easy to find your way back. The ruins on the top of the mesa are not too easy to make out but still a nice walk and great views. The second half of the hike, on the side of the mountain is the most interesting. There are dwellings and a lot of petroglyphs. The trail is worn in the rock and at times it is almost 1.5 feet deep. Very much worth while.

Amy Patton
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Loved this! Lots of ladders to climb.

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