Your Ultimate Guide to Some of the Best Bandelier National Monument Hiking

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is known for many its many fine attributes- iconic attractions, outstanding food, and one-of-a-kind events. However, one of the main reasons why so many people flock to this historic city is its amazing outdoor recreation! Albuquerque is surrounded by numerous parks, recreation areas, and historic sites that are ideal for spending time in the great outdoors. One nearby spot you absolutely have to visit while you’re here is the Bandelier National Monument. There are numerous trails here that offer incredible sights, so don’t miss out! Take a look at this guide to Bandelier National Monument hiking to start planning your next adventure.

Here Are Some of the Best Trails for Bandelier National Monument Hiking

A historic area that contains 11,000-year-old artifacts, the Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos Counties in New Mexico protects over 33,000 acres of canyon and mesa country. When you hike around this attraction, you’ll be able to see all kinds of ancient evidence of human life, such as petroglyph drawings and preserved masonry. Take a look at some of the best trails for Bandelier National Monument hiking and keep your eyes peeled for historic artifacts- as well as the abundant wildlife- along the way! (Be sure to check their hours before you go.)

Falls Trail in the Bandelier National Monument

The Falls Trail offers outstanding views of a waterfall! It’s only about 1.5 miles in length but involves some steep dropoffs, so watch your step.

Alcove House Trail in the Bandelier National Monument

This is a truly unique trail. The Alcove House Trail in Bandelier guides you through ancient dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people.

Main Loop Trail in the Bandelier National Monument

You have to experience what the Main Loop Trail has to offer! On this particular 1.2 mile route, you can climb numerous ladders that ascend into cavates, which are small rooms carved by people that lived here so long ago.

Frey Trail in the Bandelier National Monument

You’ll be able to hike along the edge of a canyon, then down to the canyon floor when you choose the Frey Trail in Bandelier. It offers excellent overhead views as well as beautiful blooming cacti!

Yapashi Pueblo Trail in the Bandelier National Monument

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, try the Yapashi Pueblo Trail. This is a strenuous hike that is tricky to follow due to fires and flooding in the past. Many of the signs and markers along this trail are missing, so bring along your best navigation tools and skills! This hike takes nearly all day for most outdoorsmen.

Where to Stay During Your Adventure in New Mexico

After your exciting day exploring the great outdoors of New Mexico, you’ll want to relax in some comfortable, peaceful accommodations. Come stay with us at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town, a historic bed and breakfast in the wonderful city of Albuquerque, NM. We provide lovely rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality, along with a warm, delicious breakfast served first thing in the morning that will help you start your day off right. Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply soak up the peace and quiet of our cozy inn and all its excellent qualities. Our beautiful haven of New Mexico is waiting for you, so check our availability and book your stay today!

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