Tsankawi Ruins Trail

EASY 168 reviews

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.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 236 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 day ago

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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rocky
11 days ago

Something different!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

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.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

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!

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy walk with some interesting ruins

5 months ago

Enjoyable hike with ladders and a quick ascent.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Fairly easy. Interesting ruins.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Loved this! Lots of ladders to climb.

11 months ago

If you want to walk exactly where the ancients walked, this is the trail for you. Untouched Pueblo ruins and petroglyphs too.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Awesome trail

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Great trail! Interesting terrain and history!

hiking
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Beautiful views! My 3 boys, husband and parents loved the hike. The ladders were fun and we had a picnic at the highest point. Will definitely do again.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Great views, great petroglyphs, and a lot of interesting caves. It was an easy hike, but I would suggest going early, especially on the weekend. I went on a Sunday around 2pm. At first I was the only one there, but before long it was getting busier.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Nice views, easy walk. Lots of history to learn about.

Monday, April 16, 2018

awesome trail........ it would have been fun to live here 300 years ago.......

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Absolutely loved this trail. So much to take in from the views of distant snow capped mountains to ruins of tribal peoples. The many caves were exciting as were the petroglyphs. Loved climbing up and down the ladders and they had the cleanest bathroom I’ve ever seen in a park. Highly recommend this trail.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Beautiful views, several caves, and lots of ancient pottery shards to see. Easier to follow loop if you go to the left when you see the loop sign. Get a guide book from main Bandelier sight if you go there first. Trail has numbered signs that follow along with book. I wouldn’t have seen all the pottery without it! Pretty quiet, only saw a few people. A little tricky in some spots to see where the trail actually is but worth it!

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