Tsankawi Ruins Trail 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.

Length1.6 miElevation gain236 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingCaveViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleFeeNo dogs
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Bandelier National Monument charges a fee to enter. Fees are $25 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $12 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $45. 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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Grace Zhang
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views. Sometimes the trail was really sunken into the tuff and hard to walk on.

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Paula Habel
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Hiking

Cool trail. Ladders were fun. Liked the caves

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Elaine Summerhill
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Lovely area, no shade, nice little ruin to explore.

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Fabiola Rivera
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HikingGreat!

Breathtaking views... Amazing landscape... and well maintained facilities...

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Shaylyn Livingston
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HikingGreat!

This trail was amazing!!! Two ladders to climb up/down and narrow walk ways make for an awesome hike. The views were unreal and it wasn’t too long of a path. Could easily be done out and back in an hour.

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Roy Truax-He
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HikingGreat!

Short but fantastic trail!

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Krys Jara
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Hiking

got to walk around canyons, cliffs and rock dwellings from the past local natives who once called this home. such sites and makes one appreciate life.

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Aaron Weinberg
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Raviteja Vangara
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HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

Easy trail ends up with Fantastic views. During the trail you come across ruins and silhouettes which makes it more interesting hike. Stick to the trail. If you have less than 2 hrs, go for this- Short and beautiful !!

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AllTrails User
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HikingFeeRocky

I was so scared of heights so this wasn't for me! Walking on the lower mesa ledge definitely gave me vertigo!

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Adeline Dougherty
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HikingFeeNo shade

Fun hike - very easy and short (so not much of a workout) but pretty unique topography. There’s also 3 ladders along the trail and narrow trails cut into the rock - which made it fun and different. You have to pay the $25 Bandelier monument fee (there’s a kiosk near the parking lot).

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Angela C
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Susy Castillo
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Hiking

Majestic scenery!

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Andrew Washuta
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HikingFeeGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

This was such a fun and exhilarating trail. It’s a bit surreal walking the path of people who came hundreds of years before. Sacred, quiet, yet oddly fascinating. You see these trails that were carved out over hundreds of years, built into the soft white rock, and then facades and alcoves that served as living quarters. It’s just fascinating and breathtaking at the same time. We had such a blast walking this trail. Highly recommend picking up a trail map / guide before doing the loop. It’s worth it. Definitely bring small bills to leave accordingly. Anyway, so incredibly memorable. I’m sure we’ll be back.

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Cristina Guidi
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Hiking

Awesome hike. Excellent views.

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Brian Moen
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Chloé Gee
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David Kahn
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Derek Weishaar
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