Bandelier National Monument
Anasazi cliff houses and pueblo-style dwellings
Hundreds of ruins of Anasazi cliff houses and pueblo-style dwellings lay scattered across the Pajarito Plateau of northern New Mexico. Within Bandelier National Monument's 32,000 acres, 70 miles of trails provide access to these ancient ruins, including the cliff dwellings and Tyuonyi village of Frijoles Canyon.
Tsankawi, a separate section of the Monument 11 miles north of the main entrance, protects an unexcavated ruin, cave dwellings and many petroglyphs. Sight-seeing at the ruins and other trail hiking backpacking, bird watching, camping and picnicking designated areas are all available.
Seasons / Hours
The Monumemt is open daily, year round, dawn to dusk. It is closed December 25 and January 1.
- Reservations for school and other educational groups should be made at least two weeks in advance. At least one month's notice and application for Special Use Permits is required. Make reservations for group campgrounds as far in advance as possible. Filming permits are issued on an individual basis (based on size of the project, whether a movie, commercial, etc., how many park personnel needed for supervision, and how much time will be involved.) For additional information concerning reservations, special use or filming permits, call 505-672-3861, ext. 534.
Summer Hours: 9:00 AM to 5.30 PM.
Winter Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Spring/Fall Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
The Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon has exhibits on prehistoric and historic Pueblo culture. It houses a bookstore operated by Southwest Parks and Monuments Association. Books, maps and tapes are available for sale here.
Craft making demonstrations by local American Indians are presented on weekends throughout summer months. Evening programs in campground amphitheater are held daily throughout summer months.
Refreshments and snacks can be purchased at the concessionaire-operated gift shop and snack bar, which is adjacent to the Visitor Center
Visitor Center not to standard but accessible. Visitor Center rest rooms not up to standard but accessible. Ruins trail accessible part way. Two wheelchairs available for loan. Orientation slide show captioned. Two tactile tables available.
Precautions, Rules, Regulations
- Buses are not allowed to park in canyon area most of year.
- There is limited parking for visitors; it can be an hour wait for parking.
- Pets not allowed on trails and must be leashed at all times where allowed.
- Climbing on walls or cliffs is prohibited. Stay on trails.
- Feeding wildlife is prohibited.
- Collecting or disturbing archeological or historic artifacts is prohibited.
- Bicycles and motorcycles are restricted to paved roads.
- Permits are required for all overnight trips into Bandelier's backcountry.
- Fires are permitted only in designated campgrounds and only in the grills provided.
- Firewood collecting is prohibited.
- Picking flowers or collecting plants is prohibited.
Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance Road
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544
505 672-3861 ext 517
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