Bandelier National Monument Alcove House Trail

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Alcove House Trail in Bandelier National Monument is a 3-mile out-and-back hike that can be combined with the Main Loop Paved Trail if so desired. The trail takes hikers through Frijoles Canyon to a dwelling that includes a reconstructed kiva that just so happens to require a 140-foot climb up four ladders. Once known as the Ceremonial Cave, the Alcove House was believed to have housed around twenty-five people.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

The Alcove House Trail in Bandelier National Monument is a 3-mile out-and-back hike that can be combined with the Main Loop Paved Trail if so desired.

The trail takes hikers through Frijoles Canyon to a dwelling that includes a reconstructed kiva that just so happens to require a 140-foot climb up four ladders. Once known as the Ceremonial Cave, the Alcove House was believed to have housed around twenty-five people.

© 2013 JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Open spring and fall 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., summer 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and winter 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call or visit website for clarification on specific seasons.
Local Contacts: Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Rd., Los Alamos, NM 87544-9508; (505) 672-3861; nps.gov/band
Local Maps: USGS Frijoles; trail map available at visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Bandelier National Monument: Alcove House Trail

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