Bandalier National Monument

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Nombiri on April 12, 2005

Bandalier National Monument is about a 40-minute drive outside of Santa Fe. There are two ways to get there. The simplest route is to take St Francis/84/285 south out of Santa Fe and then follow signs to Bandelier. The alternate route, which we took, its more scenic and the roads virtually empty(at least in the springtime). What you do is take I-25, and once you're at Bernalillo, take the exit for 550. Look for San Ysidro and take the exit to NM 4. You'll be going through the mountains and will eventually hit the park entrance. The view on the drive is spectacular.

Once you arrive, entrace fees are $5 a person or $10 a car. The first thing you should do is head to the visitors center and pick up a guided trail map. These maps will guide you along your hike, pointing out sites of interest and giving historical and cultural facts.

Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance Rd.
Los Alamos, New Mexico, 87544
(505) 672-3861

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