15 Entrance Road
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone: (505) 672-0343.
Summer: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Saturday of
Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor
Winter: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (When mountain
Standard time is observed; approx. Nov.- Mar.)
Spring/Fall: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. (When Mountain Daylight time is
observed in April & Sept.- Oct.)
Park and Visitor Center are open daily except:
Closed December 25 and January 1.
Visitors traveling on I-25 -
From Santa Fe:
Take Interstate-25 exit 282B (St Francis/ US HWY
84/285) for Santa Fe. Travel north on HWY 285 for 19
miles; you will go straight through the city. Exit
onto State HWY 502 near the Cities of Gold Casino in
Pojoaque. Travel west 11.5 miles, follow the
signs to Bandelier and merge onto HWY 4. Travel west
on HWY 4 for 11.5 miles, through the town of White
Rock. The Bandelier Monument entrance is on the left
side of the road.
route for those going north on I-25:
Near Bernalillo, take Interstate-25
exit 232 (Rio Ranch) for US HWY 550, continue
for 23.5 miles. At San Ysidro,
exit onto HWY 4. Travel northeast over the
mountains for 54 miles to the park
entrance which will be on the right side of the
road. This is a good paved road that passes by
the Valles Caldera National Preserve. However, it
does go above 9,000 feet in elevation and is
not advisable in winter weather.
traveling from Taos: Take NM HWY 68 (Paseo del Pueblo Sur) south for
47 miles. In Espanola, turn right onto East Paseo de
Onate (N HWY 285/84); travel 3/4 mile on this road
across the Rio Grande. At the light, turn left onto
HWY 30 (Los Alamos HWY) and travel south for 8.5
miles. Bear right onto the HWY 502 ramp and travel
west for 2 miles. Then merge onto HWY 4 and travel
west for 11.5 miles, through the town of White Rock.
The entrance to Bandelier will be on the left side
of the road.
The ancestors of
modern Pueblo people built thriving communities in
the area called Bandelier about 600 years ago.
Several thousand ancestral Pueblo dwellings are
found among the pink mesas and sheer-walled canyons.
The best-known archeological sites, in Frijoles
Canyon near the Visitor Center, were inhabited from
the 1100s into the mid-1500s, and earlier groups had
used the area for thousands of years. Modern pueblo
people maintain strong ties to this area that is
A paved road leads
from the entrance to the campground, Visitor Center,
and a picnic area. Access to the archeological sites
is by foot. The main trail is 1.2
miles round-trip. Portions of the trail are
relatively flat and permit access by wheelchair.
Other parts include stairs and a chance to climb
ladders into cavates. An additional mile round-trip
walk leads to Alcove House which is reached by
climbing 4 ladders and a number of stone stairs.
Winter weather can limit what areas can be
visited. Approximately 70 miles of backcountry
trails are available for day or overnight foot
travel (wilderness permit required for overnight
use; available at visitor center).
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