Tsankawi Trail

  • Tsankawi Trail in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Storm clouds along the Tsankawi Trail in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Short-horned Lizard in Bandelier National Monument.
  • Rock Squirrel in Bandelier National Monument.


Dogs No

1.5 (miles)


Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

New Mexico

Tsankawi Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Bandelier National Monument near Santa Fe that leads hikers past some of the monuments ancient rock art and dwellings. The monument says "the Tsankawi section of Bandelier National Monument is located on State Highway 4 twelve miles from the main section of the park. At Tsankawi you take a 1.5 mile walk along a mesa, viewing cavates, petroglyphs and the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tsankawi. Ladders are a required part of this trail. The trail is very exposed to the elements and should not be taken during localized thunderstorms. Cold, snowy weather can make the trail slippery so extra care should be taken when visiting in winter." 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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