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Distance

4.6 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Moderate

Δ Elevation (FT)

~1200 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Bandelier National Monument Topo Map

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Cerro Grande Route

New Mexico

  • Grouse along the Cerro Grande Route in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Mule Deer in rut in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Cholla Cactus bloom in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Pinyon Jay in Bandelier National Monument.

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Notes

Cerro Grande Route is a moderate kid friendly hike in Bandelier National Monument near Santa Fe that gives hikers a chance to knock off a summit. The monument says "the Cerro Grande Route winds its way up to the highest point in the park, Cerro Grande Peak (10,199 ft). The preferred route is marked by yellow diamonds and is 2.3 miles each way (4.6 round trip). There is an elevation gain of approximately 1200 feet from trailhead to summit. This route passes through the mixed conifer forest and is an excellent place to see wildflowers in mid to late summer. The view of the Valles Caldera and lower Bandelier from the upper portion of the route is quite spectacular. Remember, as this trail begins at high elevation and ends at even higher elevation, snow and ice may be present longer than at lower elevations. In late summer, thunderstorms can pose a serious threat. Before hiking be sure you are prepared with adequate gear and clothing. Hiking poles are recommended to help with hiking on steep or uneven terrain. There is no water available along this route." The Juniper Campground in Bandelier National Monument is a great place to stay when visiting the park.

History

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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