Hiking in Bandelier

hiker of Frijolito Trail
Hikes vary in length and difficulty.  Plan your trip, take plenty of water, and watch for wildlife.

Photo by Sally King

Bandelier National Monument has over 70 miles of trail within its boundaries and many more miles that connect out into the adjacent Santa Fe National Forest Lands. The most popular of these trails are the Main Loop Trail and Alcove House Trail (click here for more information) which are accessed from the visitor center in Frijoles Canyon. These trails take you to many Ancestral Pueblo sites.

The Falls Trail is another trail that is very popular (click here for more information). It takes you to a beautiful waterfall. Before the flash floods of 2011 the trail continued to the Lower Falls and ultimately to the Rio Grande. Flooding destroyed the trail leaving no access to the Rio Grande from Frijoles Canyon. There are no archeological sites on this trail.

Bandelier also offers opportunities for much longer hikes (click here for more information). Permits are available for overnight stays in much of Bandelier's backcountry (click here for more information).

Hiking from Ponderosa Group Campground to the park visitor center can be a marvelous hike with a bit of advanced planning. For details, click here.

Download detailed park map (pdf) here.

 
visitors at cerro grande
High elevation hikes such as Cerro Grande offer amazing vistas and are cooler in summer than lower elevation hikes.  However, they are often snow packed in winter.

Photo by Sally King

 
frijoles rim trail 3
Lower elevation hikes offer panoramic views as well but are hotter in summer with minimal shade. On any hike, in any season, be sure to take plenty of water and sun protection.

photo by sally king

Last updated: July 22, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance RD

Los Alamos, NM 87544

Phone:

(505) 672-3861 x517

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