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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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David Kahn
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Derek Weishaar
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Noah Birge
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Nicky Lombardi
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The trail is re-opened and it's definitely worth the price of admission! Beautiful views, and it was amazing to explore the cave dwellings and put yourself in the lives of the Pueblo people

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kristin h
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The trail is open! We went around 730am and had the trail to ourselves. The ancient trail in the tuff was so interesting to walk where the Pueblo people did. Many cave dwellings you can explore too.

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Suzannah Wood
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Great for families

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Chris Ancipink
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A lot interesting prehistoric sites on this trail. Definitely worth it.

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Kristin Ruiz
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Nice & empty compared to the main trails at Bandelier. Would recommend tacking this on to your visit. Pay the fee or display your ATB pass as Rangers frequently monitor

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Kaylee Spinhirn
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One of my favorite hikes! Last time I hiked here was early February. Hope it opens back up again for my annual visit/hike.

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Tabitha H
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Trail is closed - marked closed due to Covid19

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Stewart Carnes
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Amazing site. Incredible history that you walk through.

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Jon Jacobson
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great hike with great views

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

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Shilo Cavalcanti
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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.

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

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Hudson Elliott
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Something different!

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Chrissy O'Neill
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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.

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Julius Leiman-Carbia
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Samantha Gilchriest
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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!

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Jesse Thompson
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Micah Hebert
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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

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Adam Brasich
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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.

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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.

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David Jones
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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.

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Ryan Bottoms
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Easy walk with some interesting ruins

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Melody Maples
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Enjoyable hike with ladders and a quick ascent.

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

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