Day Trips from Santa Fe Sights

Bandelier National Monument

  • 15 Entrance Rd. Map It
  • Los Alamos
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Wander through the site on a paved, self-guided trail. Steep wooden ladders and narrow doorways lead you to the cave dwellings and cell-like rooms. There is one kiva in the cliff wall that is large, and tall enough to stand in. Bandelier National Monument, named after author and ethnologist Adolph Bandelier (his novel The Delight Makers is set in Frijoles Canyon), contains 33,000 acres of backcountry wilderness, waterfalls, and wildlife. Some 70 miles of trails traverse the park. A small museum in the visitor center focuses on the area's prehistoric and contemporary Native American cultures, with displays of artifacts from 1200 to modern times.

Note that from late May to late October, visitors arriving by car between 9 am and 3 pm must park at the White Rock Visitor Center 10 miles east on NM 4 and take a free shuttle bus into the park.

Sight Information


15 Entrance Rd., off NM 4, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 87544, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $12 per vehicle, good for 7 days
  • Park grounds: daily sunrise–sunset. Visitor Center: Late May–late Oct., daily 8:30–4:30; Nov.–mid-May, daily 9–4:30

Published 07/22/2015


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