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Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: New Mexico, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 35.78440°N / 106.2656°W

Object Title: Bandelier National Monument

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 5000 ft / 1524 m


Page By: Orphanage

Created/Edited: Sep 17, 2008 / Sep 24, 2008

Object ID: 444038

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Bandelier National Monument
Jemez Mountains
Bandelier National Monument
New Mexico Wilderness
Known for its rugged beauty the state of New Mexico is called the "Land of Enchantment". One of the jewels that has helped New Mexico earn this nickname is Bandelier 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.
Bandelier National Monument
Valles Caldera

History and Culture

Bandelier National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Bandelier National Monument is steeped in history 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.
Bandelier National Monument
Cliff dwellings
It is thought that Bandelier's human history dates back over 10,000 years. By 1150 ancestral pueblo people began building more permanent settlements in Frijoles Canyon.

Hiking and Wildlife

Bandelier National Monument
Alamo Canyon
Bandelier National Monument
Canyon wall
There are over 70 miles of trails 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.  
Bandelier National Monument
Rugged country
Bandelier National Monument
Canyon View

Wildlife is varied and consists of deer, bears, elk and mountain lions to name a few.
Bandelier National Monument
Mule Deer


Camping is available at Bandelier. For lodging outside of Bandelier check the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce website.


Weather in the high country of New Mexico can change in an instant just as in other mountainous regions. Check on local weather before planning your trip.


Nice trail to Painted CaveBandelier National MonumentLower FallsPainted Cave, Bandelier, New MexicoAlien?Cave housesNear the top
Ancient rock stepsUpper FallsCeremonial CaveRoute downPainted Cave detailStone Lions ShrineTrail to summit
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