Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.
The park is 50 square miles of the Pajarito Plateau, on the slopes of the Jemez Volcanic field. It ranges in elevation from about 5000’ along the Rio Grande to over 10,000’ at the rim of the Valles Caldera, providing for a wide range of life zones and wildlife habitat. There are only 3 miles of road, but over 70 miles of hiking trails. Check out our wall photos to get an idea of the striking landscape, and come by the Visitor Center for information on things to see and do.