Burnt Mesa Trail (BNM)

  • Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Wildflowers along the Burnt Mesa Trail in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Albert's Squirrel in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Western Diamondback Rattlesnake in Bandelier National Monument.


Dogs No

5 (miles)


Out & Back

~300 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

New Mexico

Burnt Mesa Trail is a moderate kid friendly hike in Bandelier National Monument near Santa Fe that offers hikers an excellent opportunity to see the monuments diverse wildlife and wildflowers. The monument says "the Burnt Mesa Trailhead is located less than .5 miles west of TA 49 on Highway 4. This easy trail is relatively flat and an excellent place to see summer wildflowers, birds, and butterflies. The 2.5 mile (one way) trail traverses the mesas and ends at a steep drop-off into a side canyon of Frijoles Canyon." 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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