OverviewBandelier National Monument.
Bandelier National Monument is located in rugged North Central New Mexico just to the northwest of Santa Fe and very close to the city of Los Alamos.
It is comprised of almost 33,000 acres of wild and scenic beauty with its sloped mesas and steep-walled canyons, from over 10,000 feet at Cerro Grande to just over 5000 feet at the Rio Grande, formed by massive volcanic eruptions.Some of the neighboring areas of interest include the Jemez Mountains. There is a Jemez Mountains page on SP. Also of interest is the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Valles Caldera is actually a supervolcano.
History and Culturehistory and culture. Bandelier was named for Adolph Bandelier, a noted archaeologist. It was his interest in ancient pueblo culture that brought him to the area.
Hiking and Wildlifetrails in Bandelier ranging from the 1.2 mile Loop Trail for the casual visitor to the 22 mile round trip to Painted Cave for the more adventurous.
Wildlife is varied and consists of deer, bears, elk and mountain lions to name a few.