New Mexico Travel



Famous for its cliff ruins of prehistoric Indian shelters, Bandelier National Monument is located in north-central New Mexico, west of Santa Fe. More than 23,000 acres here are designated as wilderness.

Terrain is often rugged, with deep canyons, caves, and mesas. Along with desert vegetation including yucca and cactus there are pinyon-juni-per and conifer forests. Elk, mule deer, and coyote are among the wildlife.

Activities: Bandelier has over 70 miles of trails for hiking and backpacking. Horses are allowed on a few trails. Cross-country skiing is sometimes possible here in the winter.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed in the backcountry of this National Monument, except where otherwise prohibited. A free permit is required. Some designated sites are available at a base camp, and camping is permitted elsewhere as well.

Campsites must be at least 100 feet from water sources and one-quarter mile from archaeological sites. Campfires are generally allowed but discouraged, and are subject to being banned at times. Bringing a stove is strongly recommended.

Water must be carried in. Group size is limited to 10, and groups must camp at least one-half mile from one another. Pets are prohibited. Spring and fall are the best times to camp here, with summer visits not recommended due to the heat.

For Further Information: Bandelier National Monument, HCR 1, Box 1, Suite 15, Los Alamos, NM 87544; (505)672-3861.

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