Tsankawi-Bandelier National Monument

White Rock, New Mexico 87544

Tsankawi-Bandelier National Monument

Tsankawi-Bandelier National Monument Professional Guide

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"A short day hike along ancient Indian trails to a large unexcavated pueblo ruin in Bandelier National Monument.

The separate Bandelier unit of Tsankawi contains a large mesa with surrounding valley land. Pinyon pine and juniper, along with a scattering of ponderosa pine, forest the area. Much of the trail follows prehistoric routes up onto the mesa top. Thousands of people’s feet, using the trails for centuries, have worn deeply into the soft volcanic tuff. Chisel marks indicate that the trails may have been constructed initially."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Santa Fe - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Linda Regnier and Hope Di Paulo
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"Tsankawi is an often overlooked part of Bandelier National Monument, but this short, interesting hike is definitely worth a visit! Located about 12 miles northeast of the main section of the monument, Tsankawi is on top of a narrow mesa. This unexcavated ancient pueblo had, at its peak, about 275 rooms and was probably at least two stories high. It was built around a circular plaza and was occupied during the fifteenth century. With a self-guided tour you will see many cavates (natural cavities in volcanic rock made into large rooms for living space), ancient stairways and paths, petroglyphs, and wonderful views of the Rio Grande valley and mountains beyond. Dogs are not allowed in Bandelier National Monument." Read more

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Great trail for the whole family. Even my 4 year old was able to do it with alot of rest breaks. You walk a little and then climb a ladder to the first plateau. THen you walk a little more and them climb another ladder to the top plateau is. the views are tryly panaramic, and the ruins unexavated and there are pottery schards everywere. YOu also get to go into some caves and see the original footholds for climbing on the loop trail back down. I would recomend it to anyone. Well worth the time and effort if you like ancient civilization stuff

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Trail Information

White Rock
Nearby City
180 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
All year; open sunrise to sunset
6,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,680 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Rd., Los Alamos, NM 87544; (505) 672-3861; www.nps.gov/band/index.htm
Local Contacts
National Geographic Trails Illustrated: Bandelier National Monument; Tsankawi trail guide; White Rock 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps

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Dec 2018