Alcove House-Bandelier National Monument

White Rock, New Mexico 87545

Alcove House-Bandelier National Monument

Alcove House-Bandelier National Monument Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A day hike to Indian ruins located high above the wooded floor of Frijoles Canyon in a large shelter cave.

To start, walk through the visitor center up the canyon on the main paved loop trail. Stay on the north side of the creek. Within a few hundred yards, the trail forks. Keep right and walk through the large pueblo ruin of Tyuonyi."

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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." Read more

Alcove House-Bandelier National Monument Reviews

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Fantastic caves walk along a small flowing river. Climb 140 steps with 4 wooden ladders to large cave and breathtaking view. 7800 steps. 2 hours. Easy
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Still very cool, and great for Kids too. My 4 year old had a great time of it. Especially the fact that you get to go in the caves an climb the ladders to do it. The whole path is paved, but portions of the trail were closed for revitalization. If you are afraid of hieghts, the Big Cave may not be for you, since it is a 120 Feet of ladders to climb, stick with the 8 - 10 foot ladders on the main train.

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Trail Information

White Rock
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Spring through fall
Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Rd., Los Alamos, NM 87544; (505) 672-3861;
Local Contacts
National Geographic Trails Illustrated: Bandelier National Monument; Bandelier National Monument brochure; Frijoles 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps

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Dec 2018