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Bandelier National Monument’s human history dates back 10,000 years, when nomadic people travelled through the area.  Between 1150 and 1550 CE, Ancestral Pueblo peoples built permanent homes here.  Visitors can view beautiful, rough canyon and mesa country and see the evidence that exists of ancient people in the area.

Key Attractions

  • Beautiful wilderness area

  • Back country hikes are popular

  • 1.2-mile Main Loop Trail, which leads to Big Kiva, Tyuonyi, Talus House, and Long House,

  • 1.5-mile walk along a mesa and up and down ladders - goes through the ancestral pueblo village of Tsankawi, a separate section of the Monument


Located 1 hour north of Santa Fe and 2 hours north of Albuquerque, on NM 4, near White Rock, NM.

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