Bandelier National Monument

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by ArnyZona on October 14, 2005

The drive from Santa Fe to Bandalier is only interesting for the last couple of miles. But when you drive into the canyon, you know you are trapped together with lots of tourists. Parking space is rare. In the high season and on summer weekends, the rangers even won't let you in for hours. So is it worth the wait? Well, if you have kids and want something different than the normal national park, then yes! But the real highlight is an hour hike into the canyon. You'll have to climb some ladders that give most people vertigo. It's fun to watch people freeze up, shouting at each other, and you almost feel the panic some people have when they have to climb down.

Well, I didn't go up there. I'm afraid of heights, but at least I admit that. Most people don't, so it's hilarious to sit beneath the ladders and look up. And hey, if the weather’s good, maybe some young girls will try too - now I got smacked by my wife!

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

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