Bandelier Backcountry Trail

The Bandelier backcountry is renowned for its wildness, beauty, and its relative ease of access

photo: Tyuonyi Village. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Length: 30.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Bandelier National Monument near Laos Alamos.
State(s): New Mexico
Counties:
Longitude: -106.27064
Latitude: 35.77894

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Description

Bandelier National Monument has over 70 miles of trail within its boundaries and many more miles that connect out into the adjacent Santa Fe National Forest Lands.

Trails tend to follow mesa edges or transect canyons and mesas. Some of these trails include steep switchbacks and long drop-offs. Trails can be very icy in winter or early spring. Some trails marked on older maps are no longer maintained and may be impossible to find.

The most popular of these trails are the Main Loop Trail and Alcove House Trail which are accessed from the visitor center in Frijoles Canyon. These trails take you to many Ancestral Pueblo sites.

The Falls Trail is another trail that is very popular. It takes you to a beautiful waterfall. Before the flash floods of 2011 the trail continued to the Lower Falls and ultimately to the Rio Grande. Flooding destroyed the trail leaving no access to the Rio Grande from Frijoles Canyon. There are no archeological sites on this trail.

A permit is required for any overnight stays in the Bandelier backcountry. Permits are free, must be obtained in person anytime the visitor center is open except for the last 20 minutes before closing. You may obtain a permit the day of your trip, or a maximum of 48 hours before your planned backcountry trip begins.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1982

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: NPS Bandelier National Monument

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Cherisse Syberiak
Bandelier National Monument
HCR 1
Box 1, Ste. 15
Los Alamos , NM 87544
(505) 672-3861 ext. 5

 

Photos

Some trails include steep switchbacks and can be icy in winter. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Some trails include steep switchbacks and can be icy in winter. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Park Entrance Sign in Winter. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Park Entrance Sign in Winter. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

 

Tyuonyi Village. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Tyuonyi Village. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Tsankawi. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

Tsankawi. Photo by Sally King courtesy NPS.

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