Bandelier Falls Trail

  • Lower Falls in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Blue Iris in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Upper Falls in Bandelier National Monument.


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5 (miles)


Out & Back

~700 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

New Mexico

Bandelier Falls Trail is a moderate hike in Bandelier National Monument near Santa Fe that takes hikers through spectacular scenery including by a couple of stunning waterfalls. The monument says "the Falls Trail starts at the end of the Backpacker's Parking Lot near the visitor center. The trail descends 400 vertical feet in its 1.5 mile length to the Upper Falls. A beautiful trail in any season, this trail is not cleared of snow in the winter and can be extremely icy. There are steep dropoffs along the trail and plank bridges across the creek. Keep children close at all times and watch for wildlife. Take plenty of water. Water from the creek should not be drank without first treating it." 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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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Bandelier National Monument 15 Entrance Road Los Alamos, NM 87544

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