This Is The Oldest Place You Can Possibly Go In New Mexico And Its History Will Fascinate You

Traipsing through the expansive Bandelier National Monument in Northern New Mexico is often a spiritual adventure and history lesson combined for visitors. The beautiful yet rugged landscape features 70 miles of hiking trails, which wind through 33,000 acres of canyon and mesa country. While the entire area is a fascinating trek for adventurers by itself, most visitors come to view a bygone time of the Ancestral Pueblo people, who resided here for more than 11,000 years ago.

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Self-guided tours are available all year. The primary visitor area is accessible only by shuttle during summer months when guided walks are offered daily. Peak season (mid-May to October) hours are 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. daily. Non-peak hours are from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Have you visited Bandelier National Monument, and if so, what were your impressions? Would you recommend visitors to stay and camp in the canyon areas while there? For more on the Los Alamos area, here are 8 Reasons To Drop Everything And Move To This One New Mexico City.