NileGuide Expert Says:
Impressive ruins and history along a pleasant and accessible trail, with a newly remodeled visitor center. The climb to the Ceremonial Cave is strenuous, but well worth it.
15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM, United States
Few places on this earth have such a stunning combination of ancient civilization, ruins and jaw-dropping scenery. Gorgeous Bandelier is less than an hour's drive northwest of Santa Fe. Here visitors can see and touch and imagine what life was like in the cave dwellings of the Anasazi Indian civilization that inhabited this spectacular land 10,000 years ago. They lived and flourished here between 8000 B.C. and 1500 A.D., and then mysteriously, for reasons anthropologists can't explain, abandoned the area but left behind wonderful traces of their society on cave walls and ceremonial places. Steep, narrow canyons rising to 10,000ft rim the numerous tree-lined walking trails – the trails vary in intensity, with some perfect for families with kids and others for serious hikers. Bandelier National Monument is 32,000 acres of pure pleasure - from national park amenities to bear and elk inhabited wilderness. It is an easy half day trip from Santa Fe. Take highway 285 north from Santa Fe to Los Alamos exit, follow the signs to Bandelier. Check recorded Information (505) 672-0343.