Guidebook

Explore Ancient Ruins in Bandelier National Monument

The best hikes in Bandelier National Monument, leading to ancient Native American ruins.

Description

Bandelier National Monument, located in northern New Mexico, isn’t the best-known national park or monument, but the ancient Native American ruins that it protects are simply outstanding! The National Monument protects evidence of human habitation going back over 11,000 years. "Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities,” according to the National Park Service.

The various ruins are accessible by a 70-mile network of hiking trails spreading across the 50-square-mile monument. Some of the routes included in this guidebook are very short, yet lead to incredible ancient ruins. Other hikes are lengthy and remote, heading deep into Bandelier’s Wilderness. Whatever the flavor of hike you prefer, this guidebook of Bandelier National Monument’s best hikes has something for you!

Sources:
https://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandelier_National_Monument

Bandelier National Monument: Main Loop
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Bandelier National Monument: Main Loop

2.7 km87 m87 m
A must-do hike through Bandelier's ancient history.
Easy
Private
Falls Trail
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Falls Trail

4.7 km111 m111 m
A 1.5-mile hike to a beautiful waterfall.
Moderate
Private
Frey Trail
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Frey Trail

3.5 km12 m189 m
A historical 550-foot switchbacking descent to the Visitor Center.
Moderate
Private
Frijoles Canyon Loop
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Frijoles Canyon Loop

21.5 km593 m593 m
This loop meanders along the rim and back through Frijoles Canyon.
Difficult
Private
Tyuonyi Overlook
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Tyuonyi Overlook

3.5 km59 m59 m
View of the canyon from Tyuonyi Overlook.
Easy
Private
Yapashi Ruins
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Yapashi Ruins

20.0 km864 m864 m
A long hike through wilderness canyons to an ancient ruins.
Difficult
Private