How to Spend the Perfect Day at Bandelier National Monument

The park is home to one of the largest cliff dwellings in North America. Rich geological diversity, fascinating cultural history, and striking scenery make this desert wonderland a fantastic choice for hikers, explorers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Knowing how best to spend your time here can be challenging with such an impressive range of hikes available. We’re sharing exactly how to spend the perfect day visiting Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico!

Bandelier National Monument New Mexico Travel Guide

You don’t have to wander far to admire how impressive Bandelier National Monument is! Add hiking the Main Loop Trail (Pueblo Loop Trail) along the canyon walls to your New Mexico bucket list.

Hiking the Main Loop Trail (Pueblo Loop Trail)

Hiking the Alcove House Trail

Once you get to the furthest point of the official Main Loop Trail, there will be a place to branch and get on the trail that leads to the Alcove House (an epic cave-dwelling).

Self-Guided Tours

This is definitely one of the most remarkable hikes we have hiked in New Mexico. Though it is short, it makes for an exciting adventure because you have to climb up multiple tiers of wood ladders.

Have a Picnic Along Frijoles Creek

Enjoy the forest and surrounding area after hiking. There are multiple places to picnic within the park after hiking and along Frijoles Creek. Be sure to bring your own food, snacks, and water.

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