Bandelier National Monument, NM

Explore cliff dwellings & hike through ancient history at Bandelier National Monument, NM. Unique multi-story homes & stunning Frijoles Canyon views. Ranger tours, wildlife & Jemez Mt beauty await!

by and - last updated on 6/5/2024

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Bandelier National Monument whisks you back in time amidst a landscape sculpted by wind and time. Here, towering cliffs and mesas of reddish brown volcanic rock cradle a hidden world – the ancient dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Bandelier is home to cliff dwellings carved by the Ancestral Puebloan people over 10,000 years ago. These cliff dwellings are a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these ancient people. You can walk among the ruins and imagine what life was like for them.

Your exploration begins at the Frijoles Canyon Visitor Center. Here, you can grab a trail map and soak up some knowledge about the park's fascinating history. Stepping out, you're greeted by the crisp, dry air and the vastness of the canyon. The Visitor Center parking lot is adjacent to Frijoles Creek which is surrounded by trees and there is a bridge that connects one to the hiking trail.

The Pueblo Loop Trail (a 1.5-mile loop) is the way you get to the cliff dwellings. Carved right into the soft rock cliffs are the homes dug by the Ancestral Pueblo people centuries ago. Short ladders allow you to climb up and peek inside these alcoves, imagining the lives that once unfolded here. Keep an eye out for petroglyphs, mysterious symbols etched onto the rock faces, whispering stories of the past.

As you walk further into the canyon, the trail continues to wind along the canyon rim, offering breathtaking vistas. Picture yourself standing there, the sun warming your face as you gaze out at the endless mesas and feel a connection to the people who thrived here so long ago.

More Info for Bandelier National Monument, NM 

  • Bandelier National Monument Wikipedia Article
  • Our Bandelier National Monument, NM Image Gallery
  • Bandelier National Monument Google Images Set
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  • Bandelier National Monument National Park Service Page
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