Alcove House Trail (BNM)

  • Looking towards Frijoles Canyon from the Alcove House in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Albert's Squirrel are common Bandelier National Monument.
  • Hummingbird feeding baby in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Alcove House in Bandelier National Monument.


Dogs No

3 (miles)


Out & Back

~325 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

New Mexico

Alcove House Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Bandelier National Monument near Santa Fe that leads hikers by Ancestral Puebloans dwellings. The monument says "half way through the Main Loop Trail a choice must be made, turn back toward the visitor center or continue another half mile each way (1 mile round trip) to Alcove House. Formerly known as Ceremonial Cave, this alcove is located 140 feet above the floor of Frijoles Canyon. Once home to approximately 25 Ancestral Pueblo people, the elevated site is now reached by 4 wooden ladders and a number of stone stairs. In Alcove House, there is a reconstructed kiva and the viga holes and niches of former homes. Imagine climbing these ladders, carrying whatever supplies were needed, to this lofty home." The Juniper Campground in Bandelier National Monument is a great place to stay when visiting the park.


President Woodrow Wilson protected Bandelier National Monument in 1916. The monument preserves dwellings, petroglyphs and other culturally significant areas once inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloans. The Civilian Conservation Corps largely built the park’s infrastructure during the Great Depression. During WWII the monument was closed to public for a few years because the lodge was used to house scientists working on the Manhattan Project developing the atom bomb. Today, hikers can walk through more than 10,000 years of Native American history through modern day historical events.

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Contact: Bandelier National Monument 15 Entrance Road Los Alamos, NM 87544

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