Bandelier Main Loop Trail

  • Ladder along the trail in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Elk herd in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Wildflowers in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Northern Flicker in Bandelier National Monument.


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1.3 (miles)



~150 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

New Mexico

Bandelier Main Loop Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Bandelier National Monument near Santa Fe. The monument says "the Main Loop Trail is a 1.2 mile loop trail through archeological sites. Most visitors spend between 45 minutes and one hour on this trail. Ladders along the trail allow visitors to climb into cavates (small human-carved alcoves). The Main Loop Trail takes you past the Big Kiva, Tyuonyi, Talus House, and Long House." 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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