Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Santo Domingo Pueblo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
9 days ago

Main Loop Trail is best with guild book so as not to miss the petroglyphs along the way. Don’t forget binoculars for views of canyon and other dwellings not close to trail.
Climbed to Alcove House in late afternoon, the tallest ladder’s rungs were very hot to the touch due to warm temperatures and afternoon sun.
I’m extremely afraid of heights but this opportunity was too great to miss.
Don’t look down
Stare straight ahead
Take one step at a time
Don’t attempt when crowded.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike to do on Mother’s Day! Not too many people on the trail. Cool view of the trickling waterfall.

hiking
21 days ago

Very neat, allowed hands-on exploration of historical dwellings in such a beautiful setting. We were there in the evening around sunset & it was very peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun easy hike on a well maintained trail, giving us awesome views of the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Leisure hike on well groomed trail. Smell of sunshine and bushes. The four ladders were the highlight, and is reasonably family friendly — kids 6 or 7 years old seem to climb up and down with no problem. More things to see on the main loop, including a few more ladders (much shorter), and some pretty cool petroglyphs.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice walk. Unfortunately trail stops at upper falls. The rock striation is really impressive

Such a nice trail. I recommend buying the map in the visitors center to follow along with the numbers on the trail.

I loved this trail! It involves several ladders and wouldn't be great for those scared of heights! The view of the canyon is beautiful from the top.

hiking
3 months ago

I was stalked by a gang of deer. Other than that, it was scrumptious. Didn’t care for the $20 entry.

walking
3 months ago

A very easy trail up to the very end.

I would take the heights warning very seriously. At the end you climb ladders pretty far up. It’s best part about the whole route though.

It’s also really cool seeing the history of the culture that used to live in the valley as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and relaxing trail. It was disappointing that that we couldn’t continue down to lower falls. Great time to go not a lot of people!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it!

Well the Alcove trail is just a short addition to Main loop trail, don’t short yourself just do it. It’s a relatively light hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Arrived around noon, parking lot full and used the alternate one. In to visitors center and looked at a few loops, Main Trail decided. Hmm, so did most others and plenty visitors ahead. Temperature was great in low 50s so a pullover was plenty. Fantastic area and most pictures won’t do it justice, my choice of sleeping quarters, not sure which one. Long lines along the ladders and expect some brief breaks waiting. Glad all the kids made it up and down safely. Would certainly do it again.

We did this trail with our son who was almost 2 at the time. We had a blast. He didn’t climb up the ladders to peek inside the caverns and rode on mamas back up the hard part, but on level ground through the woods he had a blast!

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent hike with so many interesting historic sited to see. The walk is fairly easy.

hiking
6 months ago

Super pretty. Mid-November weather and the leaves in Fall colors made this a perfect day.

Great short informative hike highlighting the Pueblo life in the 1500's. Be sure and go to Alcove cave! It adds about 1mi to hike. You must climb several ladders to go into the cave….but very cool!

Amazing experience. Not for people afraid of heights.

Beautiful trail. Transforms you back in time when the natives inhabited the area.

hiking
8 months ago

nice trail........shaded areas........gift shop , snack bar, restrooms, go in the evening and beat the crowds, around say 3ish......And you don't have to take the shuttle. .....You can drive your own car!

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

Easy trail, and enjoyed the time.

hiking
9 months ago

A nice leisurely hike to the upper falls viewing point. Disappointed the remaining portion of he trail is closed.

hiking
10 months ago

Fairly easy super cool trail. Worth the $20 entrance fee. Also, get the brochure - if you don't want to spend the $1, then they let you borrow a copy to return when done. Very interesting. You get to climb up any and all ladders to go explore. Lots of little rooms. They even have preserved some art! The trail is super crowded (granted we did go over Memorial Day Weekend) so would suggest going early. As we were leaving BUSES full of people were arriving. As it was there was a line for the ladders starting behind us. Definitely continue from the Main Trail Loop onto the Alcove House Trail. Lots of long tall ladders to climb up the side of the canyon. Slightly scared of heights so it was a bit nerve racking for me, but great! Hike this trail!

walking
11 months ago

Worth the side trip off the Main Ruin Loop, if only for the steep ladders bragging rights. It isn't recommended for those afraid of heights, physically challenged, or for children (although a school group was there when I went and they did just fine; probably better than the adults!).

walking
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Short and sweet nature walk. You get a nice view of the waterfall but can't get any closer. The trail is closed to the lower falls and Rio Grande, which is too bad because it looks super nice down there!

Great short backpack just past the reservoir. Beautiful meadows.

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